Tangible design, Exhibition


Fantastic Smartphones – a series of interactive installations developed by students in Bachelor Media & Interaction Design at ECAL, investigating in a critical and offbeat way our relationship with smartphones and the way they influence our daily behavior.

Behind the derision-filled title Fantastic Smartphones, alternative accessories, interactive installations and machine performances highlight the excesses relating to our use of these devices. By imagining innovative ways of interacting with our smartphones or by delegating our repetitive actions to machines, this exhibition takes a critical look at a society that has become addicted to an object that seems to have become indispensable : the “smart” phone.

Is this object, which was initially perceived as an extension, still a source of pleasure or has it become a source of alienation? Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students provide answers to this question through a series of installations that address different aspects of this issue in an original and immersive way. Visitors will be able to discover how to save time when using a dating app; cheat on their personal health data through bots; illustrate the time lost away from their phone; engrave their name on a Wall of Fame to evaluate the value of their actions on social networks; attend a discussion between two smartphones; scroll to infinity in a mesmerising way; discover neologisms relating to new digital behaviours; free themselves from digital addictions; discover what really happens in the cloud thanks to a visual allegory; or witness the strange choreography of a robotic arm that takes pictures of itself with a selfie stick.


HEADS OF PROJECTVincent Jacquier, Pauline Saglio
TEACHERSAlain Bellet, Thibault Brevet (AATB), Jesse Howard, Vincent Jacquier, Eric Morzier (Sigmasix), Florian Pittet (Sigmasix), Pauline Saglio, Tibor Udvari, Roel Wouters (Moniker)
ASSISTANTSLison Christe, Julien Gurtner, Pascal Ospelt,  Callum Ross, SIGMASIX, Tibor Udvari
COORDINATION & DEVELOPMENTLison Christe, Julien Gurtner, Pascal Ospelt,  Callum Ross, SIGMASIX, Tibor Udvari
STUDENTSAntoine Barras, Maya Bellier, Pablo Bellon, Bastien Claessens, Ivan Chestopaloff, Antony Demierre, Basil Dénéréaz, Nora Fatehi, Paul Fritz, Sébastien Galera Larios, Souhaïb Ghanmi, Léonard Guyot, Rayane Jemaa, Dorian Jovanovic, Evan Kelly, Lisa Kishtoo, Kylan Luginbühl, Valentine Leimgruber, Valerio Meschi, Bastien Mouthon, Paul Lëon, Ignacio Pérez, Aurélien Pellegrini, Michael Pica, Jorge Reis, Yael Sidler, Malik Sobgoui, Diane Thouvenin
VIDEO, IMAGES & EDITINGGiani Camporota, Jimmy Sanchez, Léonard Guyot