INVISIBLE THREADS ARE THE STRONGEST TIES
Anonymity and distance can often characterize the ways in which individuals move through physical spaces, their daily routines, and behaviours. Mundane tasks: a commute to work; a stop for a coffee; grabbing lunch. However, by elevating an element of chance connection with others during into such tasks, there is potential to amplify the connection or curiosity of others with whom we share space, interact with, and form community.
Individuals will be given beacons that indicate proximity to each other as they move through their daily routines and spaces. The beacons will translate this proximity into a sensory experience for each depending on their relation to each other by using lights that grow brighter when people are closer, and dimmer, or off when further apart. The participants will not have any other indicators of proximity such as direction, or identity of the other participant without intersecting with them directly.
Enhancing the intersection of strangers as a means to disrupt the patterns in which one exists and amplify the moments that may otherwise be lost in the repetition and routine, this work intends to create curiosity about community and others that we share our communal spaces and routines with; to acknowledging chance - situatedness and temporality of interaction - and the creation of a varied experience in its retelling.
Questions that I hope to gain clarity on as a result of this project include the influence on changes in behaviour of participants to seek out meaning that is triggered by others, and the individual and collective responsibility (for sensation) be extended to a enhance interest and responsibility to community.
Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties is an ongoing project that began in 2015. It has continued to develop in part, with the support, mentorship and generosity of the following organizations:
Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Fat Cat Fab Lab
For earlier related work, see Thread.