Our smartphones are increasingly in direct competition with spoken words and with our traditional conceptions on our relationship with language. It is remarkable that a medium like WhatsApp, that is so intertwined with our daily lives, leaves almost no traces.
‘I type therefore I am’ explores this medium and answers to a desire for a WhatsApp conversation that one could hold in their hands, that could be lost, which could fade by sunlight. Beyond the framework of our screens
Because WhatsApp is part of daily life for so many of us, the conversations we have through this medium, but especially the context in which this happens, says a lot about us. By abstracting the content of these conversations and using its context as a language, a dialogue between looking and understanding, between alienation and recognition, a moment of falter appears.
‘I type, therefore I am’ marks fragments of an existence that can be read as a metaphor for human interaction in the digital age.