By Olivain Porry

Toasters, Olivain Porry (EnsadLab / Reflective Interaction), exposition-test “Objets à comportements”, lors de l’événement “Nous ne sommes pas le nombre que nous croyons être”, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, février 2018.
Crédits photo : Amélie Caron

Apart from the computer, the toaster was historically the first object connected to the Internet, in 1990 (see Romkey and Hackett’s Internet Toaster : Toasters is a nod to this event in a set of five toasters freed from their utilitarian condition. Now robots, they hit the ground at the rate of pulses reflecting the temperature they perceive, and they moderate their beats as spectator agitation increases. With Toasters, the public is invited to take part in a counter-interaction. The calm and discretion of the visitors, or even their absence, gives rise to a choreography, always singular, of autonomous toasters.