Little Old Me (2005)

Placed in urban parks and wild woods and using leaves callously plucked from the nearby plants, this machine senses the nearby presence of forest-dwelling animals (squirrels, chipmunks, sparrows, and deer) and then attempts to explain to them in its own semaphore-like leaf-pose alphabet the intricate functioning of the internal combustion engine. While we ought to let animals other than ourselves know about this technology that affects them as much as us, this public service broadcast is likely inhibited by too many layers of obfuscation-- leaf pose on top of human alphabet on top of human language--the machine's tiny gesturing in the woods mostly ignored by anybody save a small flying insect that keeps trying to land on the leaves.