What is The Typing Machine:

The Typing Machine is an across media project that gathers messages that random people in different locations type in an old typewriter, expressing their love, dreams, hopes, regrets and other untold feelings and thoughts.

It could be defined as “Humans of New York” meet “The Strangers Project” in a 1940’s internet version.

The project, not only archives those messages but also uses them to create a collage in the form of a experimental narrative web series that is one of the many ways to interpret them.

The participatory & across media elements

1. The project starts in the physical world where it requires people to seat and type in any of the events we organize. Through out several events, we have discovered that writing a message in an old mechanical typewriter is not only rare and fun but it is also inspiring. Everyone is encourage to seat a type their message in the typing machine to feed the content!

Even if you haven’t used a typewriter in a long long time, or ever in your life. Don’t worry, we will give you a short tutorial 😉


We will film the moment and record you reading your own message, so we can show the real voice and tone behind each message.

2. Once we have the messages, the project goes digital to prepare and archive those messages for the blog and the web series.

Each episode combines the messages gathered in one location creating a video collage that offers a personal interpretation of all those messages combined.On the other hand, the users can navigate the messages in the interactive video, creating their version.

But there is more.

3. If you are more curious, this web allows you to discover who actually typed each message (except for those that preferred to stay anonymous, of course -you will discover very intense messages). You can search the messages and the participants.

4. At last (but not least), the project goes back to real physical world with exhibits that showcase the messages gathered, allowing the visitors to explore the connection between messages.

Also, this ending point is a starting point as well, since we love people coming to the exhibits to seat and type their messages as well.


Special Thanks to:

I want to thank to all the friends, classmates and teachers that have helped and contributed to the project with their time, effort and enthusiasm.
Thank you very, very much.

Assistant Producers
Lulu Abdal
Natalia Ramirez
Anjali Sakhrani
Marina Massote
Joshua A. Caraballo
Sumedha Gupta
Ashiq Rahiman
Ezgi Eren

Camera Operators
Natalia Ramirez
Danica Dsouza
Marina Massote
Manuel Villareal

Sound Operators
Neerja Narayanan
Charlotte Wheerler

Social Media
Alexandria Williams
Lulu Abdal

Web Developer
Rob Boehm

Vinay Chowdhry
Diane Mitchell
Vladan Nikolic
Rafael Parra
Dawnja Burris

Special thanks to
Philip Biniaris / The hungarian Pastry Shop
Con Artist Collective