[ISEA2011] Artists Statement: Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat – Tele_Trust and DataVeil

Artists Statement

How do we trust each other online? Do you need to see my eyes? Or do we need to touch? How do we trust as networking bodies? Artists research social systems in a mediated society. They design hybrid ‘meeting places’; social sculptures in city public spaces, functioning as artistic ‘social labs.’ The audience in ‘meeting place’ is invited to experiment and play with social technologies; reflecting on their perception of the smart city, and their experience of body, presence, identity and community.
Tele_Trust networked performance-installation takes place in dynamic city semi-public spaces, researching new parameters for online presence, trust and privacy. Interactive and wearable DataVeil is a tangible body interface for scanning online trust. In an ongoing process, user generated content is continuously added to the Tele_Trust database. Stories from different cities weave together into an exchanging narrative.

  • Karen Lancel is Ph.D. candidate at the Technical University of Delft; member of ARTI research group at Amsterdam School of the Arts, NL; and core lecturer at MFA at Frank Mohr Institute Groningen (NL) for interactive media art.
  • Hermen Maat teaches media art at the Minerva Art Academy Groningen, NL.

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