Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot

Fleabag began its life as a short monologue at a stand-up storytelling night in a small room in London before going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 and winning a Fringe First. The rest, as they say, is history. The Lowry’s Creative Team take a look at art and ideas around the theme of Fleabag.

Tinder, dating and that priest: Phoebe Waller-Bridge explored modern single life, dating and conflict within traditional institutions (hot priest) for the character she played. UK artist Libby Heaney created the artwork Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot which took the classic novel Lady Chatterly’s Lover and threw it into the modern world of online dating. Using a male and female profile she fed the books’ narratives into the Tinder App and waited for the response. The Lowry exhibited this digital artwork as part of our 2017/18 gallery exhibition ‘humansbeingdigital’.

Best described by the artist – ‘Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot explores love in a post-digital age by bringing together humans and non-humans and pre- and post-digital love machines, namely the literary novel and Tinder. The gallery installation features around 800 anonymized Tinder conversations of both men and women’