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Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot is an interactive touch screen artwork comprising conversations between an AI Tinderbot posing as characters from Lady Chatterley's Lover and other Tinder users.

Inspired in part by MacKinnon's text "Love Machines and the Tinder Bot Bildungsroman" and following an experimental method of deconstruction, 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 800 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 and facial recognition algorithms. The conversations range from positive to negative, human to non-human and probe how human relationships are mediated through digital technologies.

Progression through the conversations is controlled by a swipe left/right action. The narrative through the Tinder conversations is thus controlled by the participant, reflecting users own potential journeys through Tinder.

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot is accompanied by a book, presenting an edited data set of around 300 conversation. This book provides a curated deconstruction of romantic and ethical codes in our post-digital age and explores our increasing interaction with technology. The book format gives readers the chance to return to selected conversations and to spot patterns in data. The conversations between the bot and other Tinder users are woven together with selected descriptive excerpts from Lawrence that critique and comment on the conversations, with light irony reflecting similarities and disparities in love, sex, class, gender and family between the 1920s and now.

For each of the 19 chapters of the original novel, a systematic procedure was followed to select the conversations reflecting the various online dating archetypes that emerged – namely the rude/angry person, sad/contemplative, suspicious/confused, jolly/pleasant, having banter and explicit.

The artwork was made through a research project ran through the Systems Research Group at the Royal College of Art investigating how one can resonate a geometrical structure from quantum computing - the Bloch sphere of a quantum bit - with deconstruction theory.

Produced with the kind co-operation of the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli.


Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot

Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot

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