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What may ‘intimate’ mean in the world of emerging technologies and post-pandemic trauma? Asynchronous workshop about the future of intimacy.

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Hello community!

We are excited to present our next event: ‘The Future of Intimacy’. This event is a special one, as the chapters of The Hague and Rotterdam are teaming up!

What?

Intimacy is a personal matter that concerns us all. Intimacy is much more than ‘being intimate’ with someone; intimacy can stem from the privacy of being with your own thoughts, from sharing a special memory with a friend, or taking care of a sick family member.

The way we are intimate with one another is changing. Of course, the covid-pandemic has been a major game-changer in that regard. How to create intimacy without proximity? With mandatory mask-wearing and physical distancing of at least six feet becoming the norm around the nation, we are confined to our own personal bubble.

Technology is another game-changer for our intimate encounters. Social media, for example, has changed how we interact with our loved ones, mediating our intimate relations through digital messages or video calls by facilitating direct contact even while being physically distanced. The abundance of dating apps has changed the romantic landscape into an exercise of swiping left or right. The growing developments in digital sex toys change how we understand sexual relationships.

How will these global and technological developments continue to influence our intimate interactions? In what forms do we experience intimacy, and how will this look like in the future? We invite you to join us on Gathertown to explore the Future of Intimacy.

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For this next event, we will present a new format: the asynchronous workshop. The online fatigue is real, but the need for inspiration and exploration as well. To accommodate this, we have developed this new format, in which you are welcome to participate at any time that best suits you. With thought-provoking exercises, you are invited to explore the future of intimacy, and you can do so at your own pace.

In the environment of GatherTown, you are able to explore various rooms containing reflections on the future of intimacy. Get curious, inspired and leave your thoughts to co-create an exhibition on the future of intimacy.

>>>We will share the link on 10 May so please, keep an eye on our channels! <<<

When?

During the week of May 10 - May 16, we open up our room in Gathertown. This space is open and accessible 24/7, and the exercises are self-sustainable

On May 16th, we will open up the exhibition space to share the output of this asynchronous workshop.

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