STRP Festival Opening – Distant Thoughts

Online opening – no ticket required — Festival 2021

Tired of Zoom and Teams meetings? We have an entertaining experience lined up which will inspire you. Share your thoughts with a stranger somewhere on Earth in Distant Thoughts!

Distant Thoughts challenges you to review your connection with others. In this experience, we simply invite you to call a phone number. Do this from a quiet place, so your surrounding will not distract you.
The call randomly connects you, in duo, with a person you have never met before. Scary? Well, we will lead you through the call step by step via a script, which will give you a bit of the feeling of a ritual. You are invited to share a personal experience, thereby questioning the relationship between the past, present and future.
Distant Thoughts is an artwork in which up to 500 people can join simultaneously, each person alone, creating a bigger collective.

STRP, Building Conversation, and affect lab cooperated for this large-scale version of the dialogical artwork Distant Thoughts. With this next step in the development of the work, we want to cross boundaries and reach out to a larger international group of participants. People from different places and time zones can join this very personal and collective experience.

© Laura Mentink

Co-creator affect lab

affect lab is a creative studio and cultural insights practice run by Natalie Dixon and Klasien van de Zandschulp. The lab shifts perspectives through community-based research, technology and storytelling. This project was realised in collaboration with creative technologist Arjan Scherpenisse.

Co-creator Building Conversation

Building Conversation is a platform for Dialogical Art, which concentrates on the meeting of art, conversation, and society. In the dialogical art movement, which came into being in the 1970s, the conversation itself is presented as a work of art. Drawing on this politically engaged artistic practice Building Conversation develops performances inspired by existing conversational practices from all over the world.