Helge Fischer
Display of

display of affection with its 70x zoom camera and a display that imposes images of stroking hands onto the live feed

still from live feed with imposed caressing hand

Follow loved ones and satisfy cravings for touching them without the risk of being rejected, disappointed or otherwise emotionally hurt

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seventy-seven per cent of people in the uk think the world has become more frightening in the last ten years. Epidemics, crises, plagues, terror, syndromes, traumas: our cultural environment fuels fear and alters the way we experience and manage it at a societal level. I am exploring this ‘culture of fear’, how it furthers feelings of vulnerability, mistrust and isolation, how it substantially alters the ways in which we relate to one another. how do we sensibly balance our needy for intimacy with our need to protect ourselves against emotional harm?

To what extent are new communications technologies changing notions of privacy?

Display of affection is a technological device that lets you virtually caress neighbours or strangers in the street from the safety of your home. How far are we prepared to distance ourselves from the world through technologically mediated interactions to feel safe?

Project Credits
Video: Ilona Gaynor
Photographs: James Gilpin
Thanks to: Jonas Loh, Veronica Ranner

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