Evasion Score I

(Sponsored by Utan)

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Exhibited as part of 'Soft Power' for Firstdraft, 2021

In recent years, smart speakers have developed the ‘ability’ to listen to human speech: to identify words and phrases, and to respond intelligently. In 2018 the Atlantic reported that by 2021, there will be “almost as many personal-assistant bots on the planet as people”. In 2019, The Guardian described the “frictionless computing” of smart speakers as a process of “colonising the user’s home”. 


Evasion Score is a downloadable graphic score and video demonstration that proposes ways of using the voice to evade detection from domestic smart speakers. Various vocal techniques are used to prevent speakers from 'listening' to and understanding speech. The idea is that these vocal techniques can be incorporated into everyday speech; adapted, built upon and used iteratively in human-human interaction.