Working across design, psychology and mathematics, ‘How I becomes We’ experiments with new forms of networked social interaction.
The time-based arts, especially performance, have a unique power in investigating processes that can be difficult to grasp for the sciences. For example, by pointing to the present between people, the possibilities that arise in meetings, the infinite in the small, the big story in the minimal event. Experiences that may be beyond words. But the possibilities of performance art have also been used in neuroscientific contexts, such as Marina Abramovic's relational The Artist is Present. Here at the Interpresence Institute, we develop new works and use them in their own right together with different scientific disciplines, all to focus on the uniqueness of being fully present, together.
The experiences of social distancing and vast use of online-communication has put focus on the digital experience of ‘we’, the sense of togetherness in close and psychologically intimate interaction online. A several scientific disciplines are taking steps towards complexities, networks and AI-methods that allow for uncertainty, this international and interdisciplinary venture has great need for explorations based on methods and aims within artistic research, mainly how the ‘we’ emerges and can be brought to different expressions by adjusting the digital systems that connect people. The Interpresence Institute develops a prototype interactive installation for artistic research allowing researchers and the public to experience different forms of social and physiological connection through digital interaction. The project will encourage artistic researchers to contribute to and make use of these tools for co-constructing digital intersubjectivity.