Performance & Installation
Amsterdam - Banff Canada - Dunedin NZ - Shanghai - Rotterdam - Helsinki - Utrecht - Groningen - Enschede - Istanbul
SUPPORTED BY: Mondriaan Fund; Lumineus Amersfoort; AFK Amsterdam; V2_Lab for unstable media; Banff Center Canada, Consulate of Istanbul. CO-PRODUCED BY: V2_Lab for unstable media Rotterdam, AZIZ Amsterdam, Mart van Bree, Erwin Slegers, Technical University of Delft, Banff Center BNMI Canada.

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?

TELE_TRUST creates an engaging agora to research new parameters for online trust. We are faced with a paradox: while in our changing social eco-system we increasingly demand transparency, we cover our bodies with personal communication-technology. In a poetic way TELE_TRUST researches emotional and social tension in our contem-porary hybrid cities - between visibility, presence, privacy and trust.

Project description
Tele_Trust is a performance-installation for an intimate networking body experience. On dynamic city public spaces (train station, museum, festival) the audience members meet in a wearable DataVeil.
The Dataveil is a tangible body interface functioning as a second skin and membrane, for 'scanning online trust'.

DataVeil. Individual audience members are invited to wear a full body covering DataVeil. The veil's design is based on a monk's habit, Dark Vader, a burqua and a business suit; it is Gender neutral and One size fits all. Through flexible touch sensors woven into it's smart fabric, the wearer's body is transformed into an intuitive, tangible interface allowing to connect with other people's smartphones. By touching his or her DataVeiled body the wearer connects with other people’s smartphones.

Dialogue between a DataVeil and a smartphone
At the moment people around caress their smart phone screens, they ‘unveil’ the face of the DataVeil wearer online (via a database and a website). Together they connect about emotions and statements of trust, about the questions: Do I need to see your eyes to trust you?
Am I here with you? Who is watching who? Who is controlling who?
In what identity and in whose body?
In this way, the DataVeil creates a disruptive social system for a reflective social encounter.

In an ongoing process, user generated content is added to the Tele_Trust database; collecting knowledge about ‘privacy’ and ‘trust’ in various social-geographical cultures. Stories from different cities weave together into an exchanging narrative -
Everyone can wear a DataVeil.

Tele_Trust creates a new embodied synthesis,
for a reflective networked social encounter.

Participant's portraits & reactions on:

With generous support of:
Mondriaan Fund: Interregeling // Mondriaan Fund: research grant //
Mondriaan Fund International Presentations //
Lumineus Amersfoort // AFK Amsterdam // V2_Lab for unstable media //
Artists in residency Banff Center BNMI Canada.

• Fellow-Me The Sensitive Museum - Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Standort Kunstverein Frankfurt Performance Lecture 2017
• TransMediale Berlin Performance Lecture 2016
• Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2011. 'Augment IT!'
Curators: Margriet Schavemakers, Hendrik Folkerts
• Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2010: 'Hear IT! Curator: Hein Wils
• ISEA Istanbul 2011 & Istanbul Bienale Curator: Lanfranco Aceti
• Technical University Delft 2012
Curators: dr. Caroline Nevejan / prof Frances Brazier
• V2_Lab for UnstableMedia Rotterdam 2009. 'Intimacy'
Curator: MIchel van Dartel
• Banff Center - New Media Institute Canada 2009
Curator: Nina Czegledy, Marcus Neustetter, Michelle Kasprzak
• Arti et Amicitea Amsterdam, 2nd Prize Museumnacht
Curators: Arjen Lancel, Frans Fransiscus
• Kasa Gallery/Sabanci University Istanbul Curator: Lanfranco Aceti
• Festival a/d Werf Utrecht & PSI, 2011 Curator: Rainer Hoffmann
• De Balie Amsterdam & Banff Center Canada
& ADA-network New Zealand 2009: 'Electrosmog'
Curator: Erik Kluitenberg
• Waag Society for Old & New Media Amsterdam Curator: Lucas Evers
• Gogbot Enschede 2012. 'Singularity is near!'
Curators: Kees de Groot, Viola van Alphen
• Lumineus Amersfoort Curators: Patricia Deiters, Annelou Evelein
• Tschumi-Pavillion Groningen 2009 Curator: Marinus de Vries
• Exposorium Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Curator: Hendriekje Bosma

Conferences & Video-presentations
• Shanghai World-Expo DCC 2010 Mobile City & Virtueel Platform
Curators: Martijn de Waal & Michiel de Lange
• TEDx Istanbul
• Sonic-Acts Xlll Amsterdam, On the Poetics of Hybrid Space
• ARS Electronica 2010, Leonardo@ARS-ELECTRONICA Linz
• PSI and University of Utrecht Camillo 2.0
• IASPIS Stockholm
• Netherlands Institute for Media Art NIMK The Bodily Turn , with University of Amsterdam UVA (interface studies group)
• University Sabanci Istanbul
• Vrede of Utrecht Utrecht Interactive
• ARTEZ Studium Generale
• Banff New Media Institute, Canada
• Sensuous Knowledge Conference, Bergen, Norway
• MFA Film & Television Academy Amsterdam