DO MICROCHIPS WHISPER ABOUT ELECTRIC TREES?
A lack of touch can increase the feeling of loneliness.
Our brains produce less Oxytocin, also called the cuddle hormone. Oxytocin has increases empathy and is also released through the phenomenon of ASMR. The project 'Soft Talk' or 'Do microchips whisper about electric trees?' investigates if ASMR can also manifest in public space.
The material copper has antibacterial properties and offers a lower survival rate of COVID-19 compared to other materials. Copper is also commonly used in audio and information technology.
The user listens and becomes aware of oneself and the environment
The user overcomes the threshold of talking to strangers by jumping to a more intimate way of conversation: whispering
The user leaves a message for the people in the neighbourhood and the online community using speech-to-text, which is projected on the floor and streamed to the RAUM website using CCTV
In two discussion sessions with scientists, artists and curators, among others, we explored what ASMR has to offer public space from different angles. Watch the videos to hear all about the experiment and the experts' reflection on the research.
Photo Credit, Drone Shot: Igor Roelofsen
Production Copper Cones: Drückerei Hommel
Projectleader: Larissa Koers
Curator: Rinke Vreeke
Marketing, Communication: Iris Loos
Website: Leonie Dijkstra
Production Programming: Joost Ruijter
Soft Talks Moderator: Tiiu Meiner
Facilities Management: Quentin Davelaar
Preconception: Jacob Herrie
Director: Donica Buisman
Design research direction: Jop Japenga, Olga van Lingen
Art direction: Marije Hobo, Anouk Diemel, Dennis Vlietinck
Production: Dennis Mulder, Jesper Groen, Bram Staal
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