Ode to a Fallen Dialogue

Entrant 2021


CREATOR
Angeliki Malakasioti

Description

This interactive game-poem is an ode to the struggles of human communication.
It reflects on the hardships of unfortunate dialogues, the splendor of reaching to the other side, the rise and fall of human connectedness, the agonies of stray meanings and words.
Expressed through the poetics of weather phenomena, this conceptually driven game represents the mental landscape between two lovers, acting as a parallel metaphor for the contemporary digitally mediated condition.
Early cyberspatial theories referred to an erotic ontology of digital experience. Michael Heim described the platonic dimensions of an augmented Eros. Roland Barthes on the other hand described language as the skin with which we struggle to touch the 'other'. In this game-poem, senses, meanings and ideas appear to be all permeated by the 'spell' of technology, a rhetorical as well as an erotic act of mediation through different worlds.
The reader/player is asked to become part of the lovers-dipole, to meander through minimal poetic texts and tormented emotions, at times linear, other times bifurcating, while exploring a dialogue 'atmosphere' inspired by visual poetry. Endeavoring to reach the 'other side' through the use of spoken language, this game is an affective journey to the tempests of a fallen dialogue.
​"Sometimes we make it, sometimes not, this is the melancholy of the human nature."

Created by Angeliki Malakasioti
Soundtrack/Sound Design by Apostolos Loufopoulos


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