TELE_TRUST Artist Talk and Presentation

ISEA2011 Pre-Symposium Event: Tele_Trust

Artists: Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat
Location: Kasa Galeri, Bankalar Caddesi 2, Karaköy, Istanbul
Program: An Interactive Artist Talk, 13.00-17.00 May 10,
Presentation, 15.00-17.00 May 11, 2011
How do we trust online? Do you need to see my eyes? Or do we need to touch? How do we trust each other as networking bodies?

Tele_Trust faces us with a paradox: while in our changing social eco-system we increasingly demand transparency, we cover our bodies with personal communication technology. In a visual, poetic way, Tele_Trust researches emotional and social tension in our contemporary hybrid cities – between visibility, presence, privacy and trust.

In Tele_Trust the artists collect knowledge about ‘privacy’ and ‘trust’ in different social-geographical cultures.

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. Tele_Trust = performance, installation / dialogue environment / artistic PhD at Technical University of Delft.
Performance: A Dialogue between a smartphone and a ‘DataVeil’

The Tele_Trust networked performance takes place in dynamic indoor & outdoor city public spaces, like a train station, a museum, a festival.

Here Tele_Trust invites you to wear a full body interactive DataVeil, inspired by a monks’ habit, a burqa, Darth Vader, a business suit. Everyone can wear a DataVeil.

With flexible touch sensors woven into the smart fabric of the veil, your body in the Dataveil becomes a wireless interface, allowing to connect with other people’s smartphones. Audience members meet in an intimate body experience, to exchange stories about: Am I here with you? Who is watching who? Who is controlling who? In what identity and in whose body?
Selection of presentations

DCC Shanghai 2010, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, De Balie ElectroSmog Amsterdam, Waag Society for Old and New Media Amsterdam, V2_lab Rotterdam, Sonic-ActsXlll Amsterdam, Banff BNMI Canada, ISEA Istanbul 2011, Dunedin New Zealand, Gogbot Enschede, Festival ad Werf Utrecht, Tschumi Pavillion Groningen, NIMK Amsterdam.
NOW in Istanbul: Tele_Trust installation

‘I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me…I link, therefore I am.’
(William J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City.)

In Istanbul Lancel and Maat will develop a new DataVeil. At this stage they research the visual, architectural and social interaction design of this installation in the context of the society of Istanbul. This DataVeil will be an interactive spatial and mobile installation for people to gather.

Its design will focus on the questions: How do we experience the physical presence of others while meeting online? And can we spatially (architecturally) envision the experience of ‘being together online’?