Interplanetary Flirtation Device
The Interplanetary Flirtation Device is a two-way telecommunication system designed for communicating with extraterrestrial beings. It has been presented in 2018 at Sister Gallery (Adelaide, Australia) and <Interrupted = “Cyfem and Queer”> (Berlin, Germany).
In order to contact alien life-forms, human users are required to send messages according to an experimental haptic stimulation protocol. Users can access the first implementation of this protocol using a smartphone and a modern webbrowser. The input device for human users is the underside of a snail's foot. Using a combination of simple or multi-touch gestures, the Gastropod foot can be manually stimulated in order to communicate.The input is translated into detailed messages consumable by extraterrestrial users and transmitted via the Interplanetary Flirtation Device. Responses received from alien life-forms are translated into English and printed onto paper for human users to read.
Images by Aly Bennett and Chloe Langford.
During the making of this device I have been thinking about:
- alternate models for sexual and emotional relationships
- visceral bodies entering into and being transformed by virtual spaces
- miscommunicating with strangers
- poetic devices and interfaces designed for fictional scenarios