In our hyperconnected world we are virtually connected to an unprecedented amount of people. Yet, feelings of loneliness are growing due to a lack of a human ‘physical’ touch.

OurSpace is a participatory performance that zooms in on the virtual and the physical space between people, their online and offline identities and social encounters. The audience participates in the performance through their smartphones, guided by an artificial chatbot. This artificial companion shares stories and responds with assignments that translate online social habits into physical movements. These story lines can vary from simple actions, such as “If you think somebody looks interesting, tap this person on the shoulder,” to more intimate actions like “Who would you like to date? Stroke that person on the left cheek.”
Klasien van de Zandschulp, James Bryan Graves, Marjolein Vogels, Daisy Benz
Lava Lab is a design and technology innovation lab that creates space for innovation and research in the fields of design, storytelling, and technology. WhyNot is a platform that stimulates innovation in the field of contemporary dance and performance, and creates an open and accessible environment to encounter these art forms. Hackers & Designers is an initiative that brings two professions closer to each other in order to develop a common vocabulary and collective design concepts.