directions is a chatbot for discussing memories, growth and identity.
by cecile richard
with help from andrew gleeson
made for the 2021 Emerging Writers' Festival's closing event 'Be Kind, Rewind' presented in partnership with Next Wave, this interactive experience* was originally meant to be displayed alongside a booth where visitors could write letters to their past self, with the chatbot serving as a companion in the process of writing the letter.
'Be Kind, Rewind' was also an event for celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Emerging Writers' Festival, hence why directions meticulously emulates a circa 2003 MSN interface. yeah, it was that long ago.
*this edition is slightly different from the original 2021 version i made for EWF, with some typo fixes and minor re-editing to fit something resembling a "legacy" edition.
by the way, you can still write a letter to your past self, if you want.