helge fischer: display of affection helge fischer: display of affection
dec 14, 2010

helge fischer: display of affection

‘display of affection’ gives you the ability to ‘virtually’ caress neighbors or strangers in the street still image example of a video feed with imposed caressing hand

more than 75 percent of people in the UK feel that the world has become more ‘frightening’ over the last decade. epidemics, plagues, terrorism… our cultural environment fuels fear, altering the way in which we experience and manage our human interactions at a societal level. this culture of fear harnesses feelings of isolation, mistrust and vulnerability, effecting the ways in which we relate with one another. how do we sensibly balance our need for intimacy with our need to protect against emotional harm? to what extent are new communication technologies altering our notions of privacy within this fragmented and distrusting society?

a 70x zoom camera allows you to easily zoom in on people walking in the streets still image from a video feed

‘display of affection’ by berlin-based interaction designer helge fischer is a technological device that allows you to engage in displays of affections. via a 70x zoom camera and max / MSP software,  ‘display of affection’ gives you the ability to ‘virtually’ caress neighbors or strangers in the street, all from the safety of your home.

how far are we prepared to distance ourselves from the world through technologically mediated interactions to feel safe?

you can be affectionate with neighbours or strangers in the street from the safety of your home

follow loved ones and satisfy your need to touch or be close to them without the risk of being rejected, disappointed or emotionally hurt

a flocked MDF case is used to house the 70x zoom camera

from the comfort of your home, you can monitor people on the camera’s screen

Display of Affection from Helge Fischer on Vimeo.

  • very creepy

    honest says:
  • There should be laws against that amount of creepy.

    Freaked out. says:
  • why dont you go out and talk to the people instead?
    That is a whole lot of wrong

    what the??! says:
  • it looks like the trailer of a thriller movie

    pao says:
  • Wow, this is the creepiest fraking thing I ever saw!

    omg says:
  • …hmmm,…..my feeeling is that the whole idea is more of a ‘comment’ than an ‘instruction’….art reflecting, rather than attempting to start a trend..!!…at least, I hope that’s what it’s about..!!

    jamicals says:
  • just a way of peeking at the neighbors and do dirthy things with the hand

    tish says:
  • look at what they’ve ended up makin!!! sigh!!

    siji says:
  • sad….really sad

    julius says:
  • make me kind of sad

    brodba says:

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