Do you need to see my eyes to trust me?

TELE_TRUST creates an engaging agora, researching new parameters for online trust. While in our changing social eco-system we increasingly demand transparency, we cover our vulnerable bodies with personal communication technology. In a visual, poetic way, TELE_TRUST researches contemporary emotional and social tension between visibility, privacy and trust.

Project description:
TELE_TRUST takes place in dynamic public spaces, like train stations, museums, and festivals, where the audience participates in a networked performance & installation.

Everyone can wear a data-veil. The audience can put on a data-veil that functions as a second skin, a membrane, for scanning a networking body experience. The data-veil is a full-body covering garment, combining visual elements from both eastern and western traditions; inspired by a monks’ habit, a burqa and Darth Vader; and ‘trustworthy’ business suits.

The data-veil is interactive. With flexible touch sensors woven into the smart fabric, the wearer’s body becomes a wireless tangible interface allowing connection with an online audience.
Who is watching you now? Around the data-veil, the audience connects with the wearer by Iphone. When touching their Iphone screen, they can unveil the wearers’ face online - and share via real time audio: emotions of trust.

Audience members meet each other in an intimate body experience to exchange stories about: Am I here with you? Who is watching who? Who is controlling who? And in whose body?

TELE_TRUST offers a tangible body interface for scanning online trust.
User generated content of texts and portraits is on

TELE_TRUST Shows 2009/2010:
BNMI Canada; De WaagSociety for Old&New Media; ADA-network New Zealand; De Balie-Electrosmog Amsterdam; V2_Institute Rotterdam; Sonic-ActsXlll; Gasthuis Amsterdam, Lumineus Amersfoort; Tschumi-Pavillion Groningen, Exposorium Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
With generous support of: Mondriaan Foundation Interregeling; Mondriaan Foundation international art presentation; AFK Amsterdam; V2_Institute, BNMI Canada.

TELE_TRUST explores the emotional and social tension of privacy and trust in our changing social eco-system. Researching new parameters for online trust, the audience experiences an intimate networked-performance: Am I here with you? Who is watching who? Who is controlling who?

Hermen Maat