Remember how exciting it used to be getting real post? No, not bills. Or direct mail. Or slips from the post office saying your Amazon order has been taken to the depths of beyond. Real post, in nice envelopes, with real handwriting and personal messages.
Artist Brendan Dawes wants to recreate this feeling – sadly not by rekindling our reliance on written correspondence, but by making us fall in love with emails.
His latest project, Six Monkeys, named after the famous chimpanzees used in linguistic research, is a series of objects that explore our physical interactions – and the frustrations we inevitably feel – with emailing.
One of the objects sits next to your light-switch and makes turning off email as simple as turning off the hall light. The idea is that by putting emails in everyday surroundings, rather than keeping them in the digital world, we’ll begin to see them in an alternative light. Or we might just get even more sick of them…?