Future Relics: Catalogue #1
Polly Gregson, Cornwall/UK
Krishan Coupland, London/UK — Okt 13, 2016
The singularity approaches, and with it a world of new boundaries and possibilities. Digital consciousness affords us the opportunity not only to live forever, but to attenuate our minds and bodies with infinite digital enhancements. What will love and companionship look like in this potential future? And, more importantly, what will it feel like?
“What The Computer Talks About When The Computer Talks About Love” will take the form of an interactive conversation between two digital entities about their memories of their physical selves, their perception of emotion and experience, and their feelings concerning one another.
While our current vision of the singularity and digitization may be somewhat bleak, I hope to offer a more positive and posthuman interpretation – a reply to the dark visions of The Matrix and Her. Science Fiction has always been a conduit by which we shape our future. If we ever hope to achieve the singularity, it must begin with more considered and more positive visions of humanity’s place within it.
“What The Computer Talks About When The Computer Talks About Love” will be rendered in HTML5 using Twine or Construct 2. The finished object will be an interactive piece of fiction with some graphical elements, suitable for downloading, or online publication.
Krishan Coupland is a graduate from the University of East Anglia MA Creative Writing programme. His writing has appeared in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and Fractured West. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011, and the Bare Fiction Prize in 2016. In his spare time he runs and edits Neon Literary Magazine. He is unduly pre-occupied with theme parks. His website is www.krishancoupland.co.uk.