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FUTILE TYPE
HAMIDRASHA ART SCHOOL AT BEIT BERLĀ COLLEGE
YONATAN BEN SIMHON, ALESSANDRA VILLAAMIL, IONI GKLIATI



Futile Type, an interactive video installation, borrows the often-used metaphor of the typewriter to represent the deteriorating autonomy of the author and his changing relations with the reader. The user is confronted with an old dusty typewriter on a table, preloaded with a sheet of white paper on which a person smoking a cigarette is projected. When the user presses the keys of the typewriter, the hands of the projected man react and place blotches of ink on his face. Lines of verse start to appear above his head. The text is pre-written and the user cannot write back. The actual typing only influences the pace of the content flow. With every keystroke another blotch of ink covers the face of the person on the screen until he cannot breathe. The physicality of the writing machine contrasts with the virtual corporality of the breathless reader, and signify the changing status of writing following the digital revolution.

YONATAN BEN-SIMHON is head of research and development in machine learning & natural language processing algorithms at AOL Relegence Israel. He is also an Israeli new media and mail artist studying at Hamidrasha school of the arts. [PORTFOLIO]

ALESSANDRA VILLAAMIL is a multimedia producer, interaction designer, and maker based in New York. [PORTFOLIO]

IONI GKLIATI is an Athens born, artist and documentarist. [PORTFOLIO]