It 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.
Tele_Trust networked performance-installation takes place in dynamic city semi-public spaces, like train station, museum, festival. Here the audience meets in an interactive DataVeil. This DataVeil is a tangible body interface for ‘scanning online trust’: DataVeil. The DataVeil is a full body covering garment, Gender neutral, and One size fits all. Its design is inspired by eastern and western traditions, like a monks’ habit, a burqa, Darth Vader, and a ‘trustworthy’ chalk stripe business suit. When wearing the DataVeil it functions as a second skin. Flexible, invisible touch sensors woven into the smart fabric of the veil, transform your body into an intuitive, tangible interface. It is a a membrane for scanning an intimate, networking body experience: Smartphone App connecting smartphone to a DataVeil.
Can I touch you now? By touching your body in the DataVeil, you meet strangers online through their smartphones. Inside the DataVeil you may be unidentifiable but before ‘disappearing’ your portrait is added to an online database. By gently caressing their screens, anonymous smartphone users worldwide can unveil your face online. In an intimate body experience and real time audio, you share emotions and statements of trust, about the questions: Am I here with you? Who is watching who? Who is controlling who? In what identity and in whose body?
Database. The interactive wearable DataVeil creates a disruptive social system for an innovative, embodied and reflective social encounter. In an ongoing process, user generated content is continuously added to the Tele_Trustdatabase. With the DataVeil the artists collect knowledge about ‘privacy’ and ‘trust’ in different social-geographical cultures. Stories from different cities weave together into an exchanging narrative – Everyone can wear a DataVeil.