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Jacqueline Duan

MA work

Who's Speaking: Interrupting the History of Voice and Voice Technologies

This project aims to explore the influence and impact of voice in our technologies through series of fictionalised and part-fictionalised dialogues, ‘discovered’ as archival material in a speculative future where the individual self has disappeared, succeed by a collective society. These documents include: an interview with the first male voice of UK Siri (Jon Briggs), an email exchange with a speech-language pathologist and an online forum mimicking the discussion threads of Reddit about the software VocaliD. Various locations of the voice are explored in each section; in the body, on our devices, and online as the voice is objectified, co-opted and commodified through means of technology. Ultimately, through the dialogic format of these texts, this project aims to consider what implications exist when we begin to merge something that is as natural and considered intrinsically human as the voice with our artificial technologies.


  • Duan
  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2018

  • Jacqueline is a writer, editor and project manager who is fascinated by all forms of communication, including aural and visual, between people, objects and machines. An aspiring scriptwriter, interviewer and film producer, Jacqueline's final major project was constructed around a series of fictionalised dialogues exploring the interaction between the human voice and technology. Influenced by the likes of David Foster Wallace, Eric Rohmer and Daft Punk, Jacqueline's work is dedicated to finding authenticity in the artificial.

  • Degrees

  • BA English Literature, Durham University, 2013–2016
  • Experience

  • Project manager, Are you Ready?, Museum of London, London, 2017; Events Coordinator, ARC 21 Launch Night, 2018; Project Manager, Propland: Reprogramming Television Centre, 2018; Publicity Coordinator, Propland: Reprogramming Television Centre, 2018
  • Exhibitions

  • Are you Ready?, Museum of London, London, 2017
  • Publications

  • 'Re-issue', ARC Magazine, 21, 2017; Propland: Reprogramming Television Centre, 2018