iPhone developers Tale of Tales recently released Vanitas, an intriguingly unique app they describe as “a memento mori for your digital hands.” Named after a style of still life paintings from the 16th and 17th century that feature symbols of death and impermanence, Vanitas is designed to invite contemplation on mortality.Wow! What a truly surprising and delightful direction for game and interactive design! A bit digital looking to my taste, but I love the sentiment, and the serious attempt to revive the memento mori tradition for the digital age. I will be quite curious to see what kind of popularity such a product can achieve...
--Laughing Squid, "Vanitas – A Digital Memento Mori For The iPhone"
From the website:
VANITAS. A memento mori for your digital hands.To see more, watch the application trailer above. You can find out more here, and can purchase the app--only $0.99!--by clicking here. Via Laughing Squid; click here to view the orignal post, which provides much more information.
To lift you up when you're feeling down. And drag you down when you're up too high.
Everything flows, nothing remains.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.
Sometimes, when you're depressed, it's good to see something depressing.
A contemplation of the fleetingness of life. To help appreciate what you have.
A meditative experience. A spiritual toy. A reminder of the preciousness of life.
Referring to still life paintings from the 16th and 17th century, Vanitas presents you with a gorgeously rendered 3D box filled with intriguing objects. Close the box and open it again to see new objects. You can move the objects by tilting your iPhone or pushing and dragging the objects with your fingers. To create pleasant arrangements that inspire and enchant. Some objects decay. A flower blooms. A bubble pops. Life like an empty dream flits by...
Designed by Auriea Harvey & Michael Samyn. With cello music by Zoe Keating.
Made at the occasion of The Art History of Games symposium in February 2010 in Atlanta.
Image: Vanitas Still Life (1650) by Aelbert Janszm, via Museumblogs.