fred :-) is an interactive narrative for smartphones. In this application, the smartphone speaks to the user as if he or she were its "friend", hoping to start a relationship. The experience relies on a smartphone’s many sensors (touchscreen, front-facing camera, microphone, accelerometer, gyroscope…). How can we tell a story based on our gestural interactions with a mobile phone? The user has to perform different gestures: smile, talk, tickle, stroke, pinch, tap, shake, play with the light, the volume … How can the different interactions contribute to the narrative and the building of emotions?
Through a series of interactions, fred :-) enables us to become aware of the constraints and possibilities of our smartphone and makes us reflect on the relationship we have with this device. It is also a digital literacy challenge. fred :-) may "touch" teenagers in particular and make them reflect on the emotional relationship they have with a smartphone, and more broadly on its use.
About the Artist
Serge Bouchardon is Professor at the Université de technologie de Compiègne (France), where he teaches interactive writing. His research focuses on digital creation, in particular digital literature. As an author, he is interested in the way the gestures specific to the Digital contribute to the construction of meaning. His creations have been exhibited in many venues in Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East.
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