I was inspired by artist Franziska von Guten who growing up in Italy at the end of the 90s, spent hours online in chat rooms that were a lot like archaic versions of the social networks we use today. You’d have people meeting online and talking about all kinds of stuff; but mostly the whole thing was about sexting.
It was through the internet that von Guten discovered her sexuality. She dated a virtual boyfriend for about three years but never actually met. It was online forums like Cupido or C6 (spelled “Ci sei”, “Are you there”) where von Guten was first introduced to sex and romantic relationships, an experience she explores in her new digital compositions for the latest 22nd issue of FELT Zine.
After looking at her collages, I was inspired to create a texting collage for this week’s assignment. Since the way I communicate with friends and family is 90% through text because of the time difference in Greece, I have basically my whole life stored in my texts. Texts have also a huge meaning for me because they help me reconstruct a memory. Sometimes I look at my texts and remember things I had completely forgotten. In this environment, users can drag and drop their own texting images, download them, rotate them. They can also add text and create their own texting conversations by dragging different images together. I also connected this collage with an API address in MLab so all the images that are dropped are saved.