In Western culture, there are unconscious social rules that prevent the individual from invading the so called 'personal space' of other individuals around him/her. This means that it rarely happens, between strangers, to come really close to others, until the moment of touch. If this may not apply in contexts of physical limitations (elevator, walking path, bus), it is still a form of shame in many other situations where the individual is offered with the choice of sitting/standing next to another person or in a completely empty place, far from others.
With Enclosed Space I am investigating the reactions of strangers and semi-strangers when confronted with the idea of getting closer and closer to each others. The participants have to follow a set of rules that will bring them together, until the moment of touch. The entire situation evolves in a big room with dimmed lights. The participants recognise each other's presence but can't really identify face expressions. What they can perceive is the small light every participant carries, the sounds people might produce, or the smell of their bodies, when the ultimate positions are reached.
analog, digital, arduino, electronics, visual