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Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot short-listed for the HeK Basel Net Based Art Award

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by libby

In 2016 "net based" has been launched as a new prize in Switzerland, which aims to draw attention to the Internet as a platform for artistic activities and to make innovative web-based projects or projects inspired by the Internet accessible to a broader public; at the same time, it aims to raise the visibility of the Swiss scene in this genre, and promote international exchange.

Ten projects made it into the shortlist for the "net based - prize for net based art" 2018. The official prize of CHF 10’000.- is awarded by an international jury and will be officially announced at the award ceremony on May 26 2018, 6pm, at HeK.

Aside from the Jury-awarded main prize, it is possible to choose your own favourite project for the CHF 500.- audience award.

Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot is the unlikely cross between the explicit 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence and the application for sexual encounters Tinder. The artist Libby Heaney has programmed a bot to converse with Tinder users by sending them excerpts of the novel, soliciting responses, surprising and scintillating questions, thus confusing the protocols that dictate communication via such an app. A selection of the resultant exchanges is presented on a touchscreen and as a book.

Beyond the encounter between two different expressions of seduction, the one an expression of amour and the other a more compulsive form, this work questions the relation to the other in this unique realm that is the game of seduction, whether human or bot.