'I am part of the networks and the networks are part of me...
I link, therefore I am.' W. J. Mitchell, ME++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City.

Can I touch you online? Can we measure 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 radically deconstruct automated control technologies, bio-feedback and sensory perception, to create Trust-Systems for reflection. The artists start from the idea that experiences of intimacy and trust are embedded in public dialogue, witnessing and narrative. Therefor, their visually seductive Meeting Places function as 'Artistic Social Labs’ in public space; with participants as 'co-researchers’. During carefully hosted Meeting Rituals, they invite the public to meet through socially challenging, imaginative technologies in poetic orchestrations; and in this way to reflect on their perception of embodied experience, identity, social cohesion. In performances and installations Public interaction is real time scanned, traced and visualized in Social Portraits; on (urban) screens, in digi-prints and networked databases. It is shown together with related artistic research in drawings; video's; smart objects, artist's books. Lancel/Maat’s work was awarded with many grants, research positions and prizes. Works are included in museum collections of ZKM Karlsruhe, IASPIS Stockholm and in private collections.

In their artistic research: Shared Senses, the artists aim to rethink and inspire a sustainable social eco-culture. They deconstruct surveillance and biometric technologies (such as face recognition and E.E.G. brain computer interfaces, and neurofeedback systems) to create communal neuro-feedback systems based on relational presence and reciprocity, tacit knowledge, bio-synchronisation, digital synesthesia, sensory and aesthetic perception. In performances, participant's private bodies are extended with immersive technologies for augmented human-network interaction, thorough smart textile wearables, phone apps and reflexive data-scapes.

Shows, conferences artists in residencies
56th Venice Biennale 2015, China Pavillion // ZKM Karlsruhe //
Ars Electronica Linz // Transmediale Berlin //
World Expo 2010 Shanghai - DCC Mobile Platform //
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2000, 2011, 2012, 2017) //
Banff New Media Institute Canada // Rijksmuseum Amsterdam //
EMAP - EMARE European Media Art Platform //
Public Art Lab Berlin - Connecting Cities Network //
Art Center Nabi Seoul // De Appel Amsterdam // ISEA & Istanbul Biennial 2011 // ISEA 2016 Hongkong // ISEA 2004 Helsinki // BCAC, BCAF Beijing // CEAC Xiamen //
Urban Screens 05 Amsterdam // Urban Screens 08 Melbourne //
IASPIS Stockholm // Kiasma Museum Helsinki // Artfair Artforum Berlin //
Eyebeam New York // V2_Institute & Architecture Biennale Rotterdam //
RIXC, Riga // Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam SMBA //
Gogbot media Festival Enschede // Waag Society Amsterdam //
2nd New Media Art Exhibition, Millennium Art Museum Beijing //
3rd TASIE Art & Science Exhibition, Science/Technology Museum Beijing //
TASML Beijing // Eyebeam New York // HeK Basel // Go for more to the extensive biography here.
Represented by Public Art Lab Berlin.

In Collections of Media Kunst Museum ZKM Karlsruhe; KPN Netherlands; Iaspis Stockholm; private collections in France, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Riga, Beijing.

LANCEL is artistic PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft Participatory Systems Initiative (promotores Prof. dr. Frances Brazier, Dr. Caroline Nevejan); and art commitee advisor for Mondriaan Fund (2014-2017) and for Amsterdam City Public Art (Stadsdeel Zuid) (2013-2017). She was member of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) research group ‘ARTI’ (Artistic research, Theory & Interpretation) (Dr. M. Hoogenboom, Prof. H. Borgdorff) 2008-2011; and headed the MFA interactive media art department (IME/ MADtech, core lecturer) at Frank Mohr Institute Groningen 2005-2008. MAAT teaches media art at Minerva Art Academy Groningen since 1997, membering research group ‘Image in Context’ (dr. Anke Coumans, 2012-2014).

LANCEL/MAAT lectured internationally at Art Academies and Universities, including Art-Science Royal Academy The Hague; Tsinghua University Beijing; Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam; Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU); Royal University for Technology Stockholm (KTH); ARTez Zwolle; MFA ARTez Enschede; Willem de Kooning Art Academy Rotterdam; MFA Film Academy Amsterdam; MFA a.p.t/A.pass performance studies Antwerpen/Brussels; Open Set Dutch Design School at Kookmin University Seoul and at Conferences a.o. TEDx SilkRoad Istanbul; ISEA 2011 Istanbul; 'Europe for People: Hack the Body' Baltan Laboratories/De Zwijger Amsterdam; TASIE Tsinghua University Beijing; Baltan Laboratories/Holst Centre/ Phillips Lab Eindhoven; 'Todays Art' The Hague; 'Worlding the Brain' University of Amsterdam UVA; EYE Film Institute Amsterdam; ThingCon Amsterdam & Univesrity Twente; CHI Human Computer Interfaces Montreal.
Members of Research Groups Urban Interfaces Group University Utrecht; Dutch Touch: Social and Affective Touch Group University Twente; Digital Synesthesia Group University Vienna; Neuro-esthetics & Neuro-cultures Group, University Amsterdam.

Beschrijving werk
Karen Lancel en Hermen Maat ontwerpen ‘ontmoetingsplekken’ voor de publieke ruimte. Deze ‘ontmoetingsplekken’ zijn performances en installaties, die zij ontwerpen als verleidelijke, visuele omgevingen. Elke 'ontmoetingsplek' of sociaal sculptuur functioneert als een 'artistiek sociaal lab’ waarin het publiek deelneemt als ‘co-researcher’. Hier nodigen de kunstenaars het publiek uit om te experimenteren en spelen met sociale technologieën; om zo te reflecteren op hun eigen perceptie en ervaring van de stedelijke omgeving; op de thema's lichaam, privacy, sociale cohesie, presence, identiteit.
Lancel en Maat onderzoeken sociale systemen in een gemediatiseerde samenleving; in smart cities en augmented / immersive spaces. Voor elke ‘ontmoetingsplek’ deconstrueren zij bestaande communicatie technologieën en strategieën; en ontwerpen een nieuwe, innovative montage en proces van fysieke en virtuele interactie. De ‘ontmoetingsplekken’ tonen sociale portretten van leven in een gemediatiseerde, stedelijke omgeving.
De ‘ontmoetingsplekken’ vinden internationaal plaats in dynamische urbane ruimtes zoals museums, pleinen, theater halls, treins stations; van onder andere Seoul, New York, Melbourne, London, Istanbul, Parijs, Amsterdam, Shanghai.