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Technologically Fabricated Intimacy

Blending research-­focused and performance-­driven critique, this project addresses the implications of hyper-­connectivity in society, looking at blockchain-­based dating apps.

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Technologically Fabricated Intimacy - dating apps, addictive behaviours and blockchain technology addresses the implications of hyper connectivity: how do dating apps influence the forming of technologically-mediated intimate relationships? The project will explore what blockchain technologies propose to the market of dating, often reduced to bodily evaluations and gamified versions of romantic exchanges. Exploring new modes of knowledge production, the project will involve the sensory beyond visual, through movement, haptics, the olfactory and the audible.

Project team

Dr Alessandro Gandini  - academic lead

Dr Alessandro Gandini is a sociologist and a lecturer working in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s. His research focuses on the transformations of work and social relations in the digital society. He is the author of The Reputation Economy (Palgrave, 2016), a co-author of Qualitative Research in Digital Environments (with A. Caliandro, Routledge, 2017) and a co-editor of Unboxing The Sharing Economy, part of The Sociological Review Monograph Series (with I. Pais and D. Arcidiacono, Sage, 2018). His research has been published on journals such as Human Relations, Convergence, Marketing Theory and Ephemera. His current research work includes the study of the ‘gig economy’ and the social implications of the blockchain technology. 

Marija Bozinovska Jones  - artistic lead

Marija Bozinovska Jones explores links between social, computational and neural architectures. Her work revolves around formation of identity in an era of technocapitalist amplification and perpetual online presence; she probes the self as a datafied and distributed identity through MBJ Wetware manifesting as a virtual voice assistant. Unpacking cryptic ways of forging subjectivity, MBJ contemplates intelligence within artificial, auto-regulation and coping mechanisms: from trends in self improvement to decentralized technologies.

Marija's recent activities involve festival performances at Sonic Acts Academy in Amsterdam NL, Sense of Self/ Rewire at the Hague NL, exhibitions at Furtherfield and Banner Repeater in London and panel presentations for Moneylab: Tokenizing Culture with the Blockchain and Self Optimization/ Hyper Functional Ultra Healthy at Somerset House in London UK.

Marija graduated MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths and is a current studio resident artist at Somerset House Studios in London.

Technologically Fabricated Intimacy – Dating apps, addictive behaviours and blockchain technology is a collaboration between King's College London's Department of Digital Humanities and artist Marjia Bozinovska Jones, brokered and supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s in partnership with Somerset House Studios.

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