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Karen Lancel

Artist and researcher

Artists and researchers Dr. Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat (Lancel/Maat, based in Amsterdam) work in the fields of art, neuro-science and AI technology. Their work exists of performance art, installations, video, prints and texts. It has been shown at among others Biennale di Venezia; Ars Electronica Festival Linz; ZKM Karlsruhe; National Museum of China; and is represented by Public Art Lab Berlin. In 2023 Lancel/Maat presented the world’s first interaction model for shared experience of touching and feeling touched in technologically mediated connections. Documentation, Reviews, and texts authored by Lancel/Maat, can be found at www.lancelmaat.nl

HyperTouching: Shared Attention in Hybrid Connections.

Can I touch you online? Can we measure intimacy? How does your kiss feel in EEG Data?
Artists and researchers Dr. Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat work in the fields of art, neuro-science and AI technology. They explore our bodily experience in hybrid interaction with technology and with each other. Internationally, they are considered pioneers exploring embodiment, empathy and intimacy, isolation, attention, privacy and trust, in posthuman bio-social-technical entanglement with (non-)human others.

Their research has lead to new perspectives on the design and ethics of emotional well-being, including social connection, disconnection, and isolation, f.e. through trauma, social fragmentation and bodily distance. In 2023 they presented the world’s first interaction model for shared experience of touching and feeling touched in technologically mediated connections.

The model is based on audience participation in Artistic Social Labs (ASL), orchestrated as ‘Shared neuro-feedback systems’, ‘Reflexive Data-scapes’ and ’Trust-Rituals’. These ASLs exists of scientific and poetic interfaces for the audience to meet each other, using face-recognition, streaming platform, smart-textile and brain-computer technologies. The audience is hosted to share attention and reflection on their experiences; and to co-create new narratives, storytelling and imagination of bodily feeling together in future, resilient, sustainable eco-cultures.

14 SEPTEMBER