TalkboX is an autonomous art object designed specifically for a publicspace. Its assigned task is to tempt the user to find happiness in consumption. It offers itself as a partner who is full of understanding, as it reflects - in its own idiosyncratic way - on the text entered by the user.
A discussion with the Talkbox can only take place when coins are inserted.
The user becomes used by the system, as it involves him/her in a public performance of consumption. In part, advertising functions like this. For example, the labels of the product that stand out, or that are often physically carried around, only serve to turn one into a part of a larger marketing strategy. Talkbox uses this kind of marketing strategy, and also promises well being and happiness, like an advertised product. "Buy Yourself Happiness" is its ironical motto.
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