When Lauren McCarthy went out on dates where other people we suggesting her next action she did't really know what to expect but it was definetly interesting. During a series of dates with people she meet on the internet she streamed the interaction to the web using an iPhone app where Mechanical Turk workers were paid to watch the stream, interpret what is happening, and offer feedback. Now, after a year since the project was conceived, and in collaboration with Perceptor, anyone can do the same using the just released iPhone app. The app uses MTurk, Facebook or an open site online to allow you to seek help when caught in any situation.
What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions? Would unbiased third party monitors be better suited to interpret situations and make decisions for the parties involved? How might augmenting our experience help us become more aware in our relationships, shift us out of normal patterns, and open us to unexpected possibilities?
In the social media age, one’s importance or relevance is typically measured in online followers—as that number goes up, the level of validation we feel does too. But how would a ‘real life follower’ change those dynamics? Created by Lauren McCarthy, Follower is an uncanny performance project that examines our feelings towards attention and surveillance.