TEXT ME was an award-winning interactive arts project which brought to life the stories and secrets buried in our mobile phones. Your phone now contains more memory than Apollo 11 had when it landed on the moon. Our memories are geo-tagged by the data stored in our mobile phones, in the text messages which make us smile and the ones that make us frown.
TEXT ME was created by Victoria Mapplebeck. The project begins with her own story in which she brings to life a personal text thread buried in a vintage Nokia. Victoria’s story began a decade ago when she relegated an old Nokia to the back of her kitchen drawer, an elephant’s graveyard where old mobiles once went to die. As she was scrolling through the inbox, she realised she had unwittingly archived a three year text message dialogue between herself and an ex partner.
A message thread that told the story of how they met, dated for just a few months, broke up and subsequently dealt with an unplanned pregnancy. This story is presented within the award-winning film short 160 Characters.
Over the three years they were in touch, conversation was increasingly replaced by text. Text instead of voice can feel like a digital hit and run. In an age of rapid fire, often character limited exchanges, do we think before we text?
TEXT ME begins with a personal story but also tells a more universal story in which we increasingly ‘expect more from technology and less from each other’. Visitors will have an opportunity to share stories from their own digital past, creating a space to reflect on what we gain and what we lose as digital communication becomes the default.
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