Technology is great at simplification – so much so that we forget how much work is being displaced at the touch of our fingertips. Likewise, with the invention of the touchscreen and its ubiquitous use in mobile devices, many gestures have come to replace our analog life with varying degrees of appreciation.
When was the last time you had to use a rotary phone? Do you recall how long it took to dial the number 9? It’s that kind of technological provocation that informs the work of artist Gabriele Meldaikyte:
Nowadays, finger gestures like tap / scroll / flick / swipe / pinch are considered to be ‘signatures’ of the Apple iPhone. I believe that in ten years or so these gestures will completely change. Therefore, my aim is to perpetuate them so they become accessible for future generations.
I have translated this interface language of communication into 3D objects which mimic every multi-touch gesture. My project is an interactive experience, where visitors can play, learn and be part of the exhibition.
Technology is a history worth examining when the speed of its change can often hide its true value. In a future potentially filled with Google Glasses and Apple iWatches, the days of touchscreen gestures are numbered.