I will start by saying how happy I am to have welcomed so many visitors to experience my interactive installation during Dutch Design Week. Thank you Manifestations (https://2021.manifestations.nl/en/) for your invitation to be part of this amazing exhibition alongside many great other projects dealing with art and technology. My friend and photographer Marten Nauw passed by one day and documented a moment during the exhibition in the following pictures. Enjoy!
Funny fact: I remember some tour guide saying that this work is only for 18+ but I had no idea how they came up with that idea. Here you can see all these children having fun in a safe way and not being afraid to participate! This interactive artwork encourages audiences of all ages, genders and backgrounds to touch each other at a distance without prejudice, using the interactive elements of the installation.
Happy to find out that my work ‘Future Affair’ has been included in an article about Dutch Design Week ’21 all the way in China. The magazine is called Art and Design”(艺术与设计 in Chinese) and is a monthly cultural publication in China! I cant read it myself but I trust the write it did justice to the work! See the full article in the pictures attached!
- 22.10.2021: ‘…a robot hand to caress your grandma: do you want that?’ in the AD.nl published Oct. 2021
AD.nl published an article about a couple of projects shown at Manifestations during Dutch Design Weekend. My project ‘Future Affair’ is mentioned too. I particularly like the writer’s interpretation. I translated this from Dutch “We spend hours on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram and don’t have to pay anything for it. But is it really free? At the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, visitors were made to think about technology. For example, would you like to stroke your grandmother’s hand remotely with the help of a robotic hand?” Funny enough, I never asked my own grandma who is living alone in Romania, if she would like to try it. Maybe in the future!
“Caressing robot hand
The question is to what extent we want to digitize care, says Laura A Dima. She developed an installation with which you can caress another person remotely with a heated robotic hand. It feels real.
To the left there is a hub with an object and a screen. By touching the object, the robot hand on the right starts to move, without the two users seeing each other. “I want people to think: do you want this? It has disadvantages and advantages. This way you can touch lonely family members who live at a distance. But do we want to replace human contact with this?” – My apologies for the poor translation.
You can read the full article here:
- 21.10.2021: “Designers find inspiration in the Corona crises” featuring ‘Future Affair’ on Studio 040
Dutch TV Broadcast channel Studio 040 visited the Manifestations exhibition at Dutch Design Week looking for projects dealing with the Corona Crises and they picked Future Affair to be featured in their televised program. In the link below you can read their article and watch the broadcast online: