Letters to X . vol/1

Social media and digital interaction have changed the ways we connect with one another. We are writing more now than we ever have, yet screen correspondence as an everyday social activity may not effectively relay deeper emotions that were once historically expressed on paper. Letters to X . vol/1 is my response and a critique, as well as an ongoing inquiry into correspondence, writing and interaction design. I invited writers, poets, designers and artists to collaborate and write a letter to X (which might be me, another person, the universe, etc) that contains content that is, in some way, personal and emotionally driven — the sort of content one might not typically email, text message or post to a social media website. The interface contains both the original handwritten letters (censored) as well as the typed phrasal template version (opened). The authors of these letters remain anonymous. Letters made through the site can be saved or printed using the browser.

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Awarded Jury’s Best of Show at Project Passion exhibition, 2015


2018. Exhibited in Her Environment #8: Small Living. Curated by Her Environment (Allie Shyer, Chicago). September Gallery and 190 Fairview, Hudson, NY.

2016. Exhibited in Édition | Forme | Expérimentation exhibition, curated by Collectif Blanc (Catherine Métayer and Marie-Ève Tourigny). Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Gatineau, QC

2015. Exhibited at iDMAA iDEAs Breaking Barriers juried exhibition. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

2015. Exhibited at Project Passion international juried exhibition. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.

2015. “The Letters to X Project” talk at Textual Machines international symposium. University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

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