House of Electronic Arts – Münchenstein (CH)

Liking, posting, sharing, checking your pulse, counting calories, taking a note, reading the daily motivational slogan, doing your finances, snapping a photo and talking briefly and clearly in modern hieroglyphics, then skimming your favourite book, listening to a bit of music and, finally, spending hours on end being bombarded with holiday photos and food pics, funny videos and animal pictures of friends and family. Quite normal! – Or is it?

How the smartphone influences our daily behaviour and the heartfelt relationship with this technical device is what the bachelor students of the Media & Interaction Design programme at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne are exploring in the Fantastic Smartphones exhibition.

From 7 to 21 October, the exhibition is on show at HEK and presents humorous, critical and ironic interactive projects and installations that illuminate the excesses of our use of the devices. It takes a differentiated look at a society that has become addicted to one object: the "smart" phone. Is this object, originally praised as an enhancement, still a source of pleasure or has it become a source of alienation?

The exhibition opening will take place on the 06.10.2022 at 19:00 in the presence of the students and the project leaders Vincent Jacquier & Pauline Saglio.