Love in the 21st Century

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Natlab / Baltan Basement

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How does/can technology influence our perception of love?

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What is love in the 21st century?

What taboos are still in place? Is a love-contract like marriage still relevant? How does/can technology influence our perception of love? Artists Lancel/Maat, design studio Joes+Manon and D’vorah Graeser reflect on the state of love and sexuality nowadays.

Together with Joes + Manon, Leif Czakai will talk about De-Co-Date, a series of experimental events in which we decode the diverse shifting values and norms of our love, sex and friendship behaviour in reflection to the societal development in the present, the past and the future. D’vorah Graeser, founder of KISSPatent, will bring up her expertise on contracts and the role of technology in the wedding ceremonies.

One of the strongest emotions we have is love, love for our friends, our lovers, our kids. Love is hybrid, flexible, it changes, it evolves. Yet, to legislate our love we still use strictly defined love contracts. Can we develop new, more fluid alternatives to the traditional marriage contract? Talking about love, often also means talking about sexuality. Nowadays, which taboos do we still face? How can we facilitate the conversation about this crucial, yet often awkward topic? Together we will explore new ways to celebrate love and intimacy.

Artist duo and researchers Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat are considered pioneers exploring the tension between embodied presence, intimacy, privacy and trust in posthuman bio(techno)logical entanglement with (non-)human others. They start from the idea that experiences of intimacy and trust are embedded in public dialogue. Lancel/Maat create seductive, visual environments and invite people to experiment and play with social technologies

Eindhoven based social design studio Joes+Manon is specialized in social challenges. One of the themes they work in is sexuality. Their ongoing researchproject ‘Poezensmoezen’ focusses on the taboo regarding menstruating. With ‘Voorspel’ they explore the added value of gamification for sexual education. For this DDW they put sexuality on the menu with a series of experience dinners.

D’vorah Graeser is the founder of KISSPatent, a legal startup that focuses on protecting disruptive ideas and supports innovation and change within businesses. KISSPatent’s goal is to make the patent process transparent, straightforward and easy. D’vorah is a US Patent Agent with over 20 years of experience. She believes that innovation protection should be affordable and available to everyone. KISSPatent is a global company, with a fully remote team of patent attorneys and innovation experts who operate across three continents.

Leif Czakai is facilitating for creating something together. Through interactive products, services and workshops he creates togetherness and mutual narratives. In participatory approaches Leif conveys research and collects information. He usually works on social topics related to consumption, community and place.

The talks are part of the Homo Sensorium program during Dutch Design Week in Natlab. With a mix of experiments, workshops, talks, dinners, performances, guided tours, a brainwave wedding lab and films, Homo Sensorium investigates the future of our technologically mediated body.

The program is a collaboration initiated by Baltan Laboratories with Broet and Natlab. Homo Sensorium at DDW is part of a multi-year trajectory developed by Baltan Laboratories and kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and Provincie Noord-Brabant.

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