Fact: I was once taking some notes about an exhibit in a gallery/museum in Berlin and a guard told me to stop using my cellphone. It was in fact an iPod touch, but whatever – try explaining that to a German security guard when you can’t speak German.
If I’d been in Gabriele Meldaikyte’s art exhibit, though, I could have continued pinching, tapping, swiping (and giving the finger to the guard) without even touching my “phone.” How? Interactivity.
Meldaikyte’s exhibit consists of interactive sculptures which mimic the five holy finger commands of iPhone usage: pinch, tap, swipe, scroll and, uh, scroll again.
The kinetic sculptures are made from wood, newspaper and acrylic and are manipulated in just the same way you’d manipulate your iPhone apps.
Is there a point? Probably. Is this a fun way to pass your time? Probably not as much fun as LetterPress. Is it a valid way to quench your fingers’ thirst for tappity-tap action under the strict cellphone-free conditions of a museum? Indubitably.