“On a beach, 8000 kilometres away from here, there is an Internet café…” Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, but is much more than that. Besides a story from someone living far away, Life Streaming by Dries Verhoeven lets you experience the distance or closeness between you and the person you are chatting with.

Strange how near and far constantly push and pull and mix with each other:

  • Showing your house from above – protecting your privacy online
  • Talking about your favourite dish – discussing local food customs
  • Text chatting with a stranger far away – talking about personal subjects

  • Seeing your contact in a room – experiencing elements of the interior
  • Pre-recorded footage – live chat

  • Private chat between two people – shared experience with other chatters
  • Secluded internet café seating – sharing your experience with audience

As if they cannot exist without the other.

Impression of Life Streaming. Photo by Zhang Huan.

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