BolFlinck Messenger is a new storytelling experience for the exhibition 'Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck - Rembrandt's Master Pupils' in the Amsterdam Museum. The project connects traditional art and their 17th Century stories to 21st Century storytelling tools.
Inside the exhibition you choose to follow one of the three highlighted characters and chat with them using your Facebook Messenger app. These characters will take you on a tour through the exhibition, tell you their story of the 17th Century and start a dialogue with you. We use chatbots, a scripted and interactive bot that mimics one of these characters and opens up for a conversation. The characters will not only tell you their story, but they will involve you in it by asking you questions or feedback.
Follow Catharina, the nude model of Flinck and Bol, and hear about the position of women in the 17th Century, follow Joan Huydecoper to hear about his arrogant stories of power and money in the city of Amsterdam, or listen to Frederick, an 8 year old boy, who was forced to follow his fathers footsteps.
This project was created in collaboration with Botsquad.
Photo: Amsterdam Museum - Monique Vermeulen