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Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot
Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot is an interactive audio/visual installation comprising conversations between an AI Tinderbot posing as characters from Lady Chatterley's Lover and other Tinder users.
Inspired in part by a MacKinnon's text "Love Machines and the Tinder Bot Bildungsroman" and following an experimental method of deconstruction using the Bloch sphere from quantum information science, Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot explores love in a post-digital age by bringing together humans and non-humans and pre- and post-digital love machines, namely the literary novel and Tinder.
The installation features around 200 anonymized Tinder conversations of both men and women, where Bernie.ai, "your personal matchmaker A.I. who understands your "type", and finds them on your favorite dating networks" has conversed with members of the public using dialogue from Lady Chatterley's Lover following its own sentiment analysis algorithm. The conversations range from positive to negative, human to non-human and probe both familial and sexual love. Participants can swipe left and right to follow the negative or positive conversations, echoing Tinder. While the conversations are showing, descriptive parts of Lady Chatterley's Lover are played aloud, critiquing the conversations on the screen and reminding us that while the technologies that disseminate love may have changed, human nature perhaps hasn't.
The installation uses a back projected acrylic screen and the movement of the conversations is controlled by a swipe left/right action via an xBox Kinect depth sensor. The narrative through the Tinder conversations is thus controlled by the participator reflecting users own potential journeys through Tinder. The audio contextualises the piece and posses further questions in the audiences mind.
The artwork was made through a research project ran through the Systems Research Group at the Royal College of Art investigating how one can use a geometrical structure from quantum computing - the Bloch sphere of a quantum bit - as a model or method for the deconstruction of concepts. Along with myself, one other tutor, a DPhil student and four MA students researched the use of this model through their own practice. We are currently writing a journal article outlining our findings.