'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?
How does your kiss feel in EEG data?

Artists and researchers Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat (Lancel/Maat, based in Amsterdam) 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 and re-orchestrate automated biometric control technologies neuro-feedback and sensory perception, to create poetic Trust-Systems. In internationally presented performances and installations in public space, they explore a sensitive AI design approach and values, based on social and embodied co-dependency in shared reflection and dialogue. Through their artistic research Shared Senses, they aim to rethink and inspire a sustainable socio-technological eco-culture of merging realities.

The artists start from the idea that experiences of intimacy, empathy and trust are embedded in public dialogue, shared sense-making and reflection, witnessing and narrative. In urban public space, Lancel/Maat create Meeting Places and invite public participants to meet in visually seductive 'Artistic Social Labs’ as 'co-researchers’. In carefully hosted Meeting Rituals, participants’ private bodies are extended with immersive, digital synaesthetic technologies of face recognition, smart textile and brain computer interfaces. Participants interact through socially challenging interfaces of reciprocal seeing, hearing and touching, neural mirroring in kissing and caressing. Real-time, public interaction and experience is datafied and algorithmically processed into communal neuro-feedback systems - that include oundscapes, digital Social Portraits of convergent corporeality on (urban) screens and in public databases, into print and embroidery. Lancel /Maat consider the emerging participants’ social biofeedback-data as ‘Co-Actors’ in ‘Shared Reflexive Data-Scapes’, as imaginative planes, for future emphatetic connections.
Lancel/Maat’s international artistic practice takes place in different cultural and geographical urban public spaces of Europe, Asia and USA.
Currently they develop a novel socio-technical, multi-sensory interaction model, that proposes critical reflection and exploration into emerging AI/AE neural networks, that is based on disruption, play and aesthetics of interaction. This interaction model emerges from collaboration with public participants (on development of the socio-technological interfaces); from collaboration with ArsElectronica & European Media Art Platform (EMAP); and from Lancel/Maat's artistic research and PhD at the Technical University Delft (Participatory Systems Initiative).

Exhibitions show installations, performances, related artistic research in video documentaries and in 2D and 3D print objects. Their work was awarded many grants, artist-in-residencies, research positions, fellowships and prizes, and is included in private and museum collections (ZKM Karlsruhe, LIMA Digital Art Canon). Work by Lancel/Maat is represented by Public Art Lab Berlin.

56th Venice Biennale 2015, China Pavillion // ZKM Karlsruhe //
Ars Electronica Linz // Ars Electronica Export, Berlin // Transmediale Berlin //
World Expo 2010 Shanghai - DCC Mobile Platform //
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2000, 2011, 2012, 2017) //
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam // Banff New Media Institute Canada //
EMAP - EMARE European Media Art Platform //
Public Art Lab Berlin - Connecting Cities Network //
Art Center Nabi Seoul // RIXC, Riga //
ISEA 2011 & Istanbul Biennial 2011 // ISEA 2016 Hongkong //
ISEA 2004 Helsinki // ISEA 2019 Gwangju South-Korea //
BCAC, BCAF Beijing // CEAC Xiamen // HeK Basel //
Urban Screens 05 Amsterdam // Urban Screens 08 Melbourne //
IASPIS Stockholm // Kiasma Museum Helsinki // Artfair Artforum Berlin //
Eyebeam New York // V2_Institute & Architecture Biennale Rotterdam //
De Appel Amsterdam // Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam SMBA //
Waag Society Amsterdam // Gogbot media Festival Enschede //
2nd TASIE New Media Art & Science Exhibition - Millennium Art Museum Beijing //
3rd TASIE - Technology Museum Beijing // 5th TASIE National Museum Beijing //
Nes & Frascati Theaters Amsterdam // TASML Beijing // Eyebeam New York //
NFF Netherlands Film Festival Interactive 2019 // EYE Film Museum Amsterdam //
COMO Telecommunication SKT Seoul; KPN Telecommunication Tower Rotterdam // Creativate Grahamstown Films South-Africa //
DDW Dutch Design Week - Baltan Laboratories 2019 // DDW 2018 - Robot Love //
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Hong Kong Arts Center China 2007; BCAF Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation 2015;
Rijksmuseum MediaLab Amsterdam 2013; SKOR (Foundation for Art in Public Space) 2003;
COMO Telecommunication Seoul 2008; KPN Telecommunication Rotterdam;
City of Zeist 2009; City of Utrecht 2012; Semslinie Kunstlijn Provinces Groningen Drenthe 2000; Kunstgebouw Zuid-Holland & City of Alphen aan den Rijn 2001.

Media Kunst Museum ZKM Karlsruhe; LIMA Digital Art Canon; KPN Telecommunication Netherlands;
Iaspis Stockholm; private collections in France, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Riga, Beijing.

National Museum of China, Wu Guanzhong Art Science Innovation Award 2019,
for Shared Senses at TASIE exhibition curated by Tsinghua University Beijing.
Golden Calf Nomination Netherlands Film Festival Interactive 2019,
for Kissing Data Symphony.
Global Art & AI Competition Award GAAC 2018
by Tsinghua University Beijing, for Intimate Data Symphony.
Europe Programm Horizon 2020 Award 'BrainHack' 3d prize 2017,
by Waag Society Amsterdam-Science Gallery Dublin,
with Alexander von Lühmann at University Berlin, for EEG KISS.
Best Practice Award by Virtueel Platform 2011 for Tele_Trust.
Best Practice Award by Virtueel Platform 2012 for Saving Face.

LANCEL is PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft Participatory Systems Initiative (promotores Prof. dr. Frances Brazier, Prof. Caroline Nevejan). She was art commitee advisor for Mondriaan Fund (2014-2017) and for Amsterdam City Public Art (Stadsdeel Zuid, 2013-2017). She membered the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) research group ‘ARTI’ (Artistic research, Theory & Interpretation by Dr. M. Hoogenboom, Prof. H. Borgdorff) 2008-2011. During 2005-2008, she was core lecturer and head of the MFA programm for interactive media art at IME/ MADtech Hanze University for Applied Sciences Groningen, where she currently teaches. MAAT was art commitee advisor for Mondriaan Fund. He teaches BA media art at Minerva Art Academy, Hanze University for Applied Sciences Groningen since 1997, while being member of research groups ‘Image in Context’ (dr. Anke Coumans, 2012-2014) and Hypersensorium Lab (2019-).

Essays and papers have been included widely in both art and scientific journals and publications, by among others Springer Verlag, InderScience, CHI, ArtsIT, Leonardo, MIT Press - accessible at http://www.lancelmaat.nl/press/.

LANCEL/MAAT lecture 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 Museum Amsterdam; ThingsCon Amsterdam & University Twente; ArtsIT 2018, 2019; CHI Human Computer Interfaces Montreal.
Members of Research Groups Participatory Systerms Group University of Technology Delft; 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 samenleven 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.