fortune telling, projections, and automatons

Soothsayer was inspired by coin operated arcade amusements that took the form of mechanical gypsies and grandmothers who for a dime or two would tell you your future. I was fascinated how these modern automata were similar to the perennial favorite, the magic-eight ball. These fortune telling devices, to me, represent technology's allure, which is the notion that technology promises a better tomorrow. Soothsayer suggests that the miniaturization of technology results in increasingly transparent interface that puts us the users, in the paradoxical position of both knowing more and less.