‘Tele_Trust for networking bodies.’

‘I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me…I link, therefore I am.’ [i]

In today’s networked society, our ‘electronicaly and digitally enhanced bodies’ are often present at one location and ‘meet’ simultaneously with others at several other locations, temporalities and social settings. This project contributes to the foundations of the design of trust, from the perspective of experience, both in private and public spaces, physical and virtual. ‘Tele_Trust’ focuses on exploration of the sensory experience of visibility, presence, reciprocity, and trust in contemporary mediated society. The implications for design of embodiment in participatory systems is core to this project. The research questions address (1) design for perception and experience of trust, (2) design of the experience of physical closeness in mediated realities , (3) design of situational awareness in public and private spaces. Research through art practice includes the design of a series of experimental ‘social labs’ as ‘meeting places’. These ‘social labs’ are designed on the basis of artistic and scientific analysis, created as artistic work, and presented in smart public spaces in different geo-political contexts and socio- cultural domains. The public will be invited to participate and reflect as co-researchers on their experience of important concepts related to embodiment and trust (e.g. ’presence’, ‘identity’, and ‘community’). The methodology of reflective witnessing will provide a source of information for analysis, synthesis and understanding of embodiment and intersubjective engagement in participatory networked systems. In ‘Tele_Trust’ new insights, innovative technologies, and the human body meet to initiate and inspire new types of intersubjective engagement.

[i] William J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City, 2004.

About the artists

Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat design objects, projections and digital networks to create ‘meeting places’ in city public spaces. These ‘meeting places’ are designed as seductive, visual performances and installations. Each ‘meeting place’ or social sculpture functions as an artistic ‘social lab’ in which the artists invite their audience as co-researchers. The audience is invited to experiment and play with social technologies; and to reflect on their perception of the city, and their experience of body, presence, identity and community.

Through their artworks Lancel and Maat research contemporary social systems in a mediated society; in smart cities and augmented / immersive spaces. For every ‘meeting place’ they deconstruct existing communication technologies and strategies; and design a new innovative, integrated montage and process of embodied and virtual interaction. The ‘meeting places’ are shown internationally in dynamic urban public spaces such as museums, squares, theatre halls, trains stations;  among others in the cities of Seoul, New York, Melbourne, Shanghai, Istanbul, Paris, London, Amsterdam. Through audience interaction Lancel and Maat show social portraits of urban mediated life.

Shows (selection)

  • Ars Electronica Linz, Austria  //  ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany // De Appel Amsterdam, NL//
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL // Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL //
  • Transmediale Berlin, Germany // Eyebeam, New York, USA //
  • Artfair Artforum Berlin, Germany // Urban Screens 08, Melbourne, AUS //
  • ISEA 04 Helsinki, Finland // Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris, France //
  • Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South-Korea // Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL  //
  • Chinese European Art Center-CEAC, Xiamen // DCC Shanghai – World Expo 2010, China //
  • The Second Art @ Science International Exhibition/Symposium, Tsing Hua University Beijing, China //
  • V2_LAB for Unstable Media  Rotterdam, NL // Urban Screens 05 Amsterdam, NL //
  • Dutch Institute for Media Art Amsterdam (NIMK), NL // Technical University of Delft  //
  • ISEA Istanbul 2011 Turkey //  Banff New media Institute Canada  //
  • Second New Media Art Exhibition at Millennium Art Museum Beijing, China //

Lancel is currently artistic PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft: ‘Participatory Systems Initiative’ (prof dr Frances Brazier, dr Caroline Nevejan). She was member of the Amsterdam School of  the Arts (AHK) research group ‘ARTI’ (Artistic research, Theory & Interpretation) of Professors Marijke Hoogenboom and Henk Borgdorff 2008-2011. Maat teaches media art at the Minerva Art Academy Groningen, and is part of the Minerva Academy research group on ‘Image in Context’ of dr. Anke Coumans. Lancel headed the interactive media art department (IME) at MFA Frank Mohr Institute Groningen (core lecturer) 2005-2008.

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