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Pathfinders' Felt Experience versus Disembodied Statistics

in Veem | Floor 2 by New State of Matter
A different price applies for this event (Your thoughts on the matter). This is due to the exclusivity of the event. Get ticket here.

‘Kids’ or ‘no kids’? ‘Not’ or ‘not yet’? Come share your thoughts on the matter in an interactive wearable technology installation.


The millennial (but also late gen X) generation lives with an overflow of (mis)information which influences them in important life decisions. In this case, the choice to become a parent or not. 


Certain developments and zeitgeist are defining for this generation. Social developments have been marked by, for instance, women’s and non-heterosexual empowerment, which has progressed into the critique of the nuclear family as the only conceivable family model. Technological developments have given rise to contraceptive and reproductive technologies, including, for instance, the condom and IVF, but also the soon-to-come CRISPR ‘designer babies.’ Pare this with a generation that has been told they could be anything they wanted and also supposedly had everything handed to them. They feel entitled and responsible for making something of their lives, contribute to society and find their soulmates on apps. The idea of control and focus on self-actualization makes them hesitant to choose or settle and give into societal pressures and norms.


The project tries to offer an antidote to the influence of (mis)information by means of anecdotal anti-data. The visitors of Dutch Design Week will be asked to share their felt experiences in relation to the topic, the disembodied statistics that influence them, so that they might illustrate an alternate path. People will be invited into the space for a ritual dress up as pathfinders (translated into Dutch this means boy scouts or girl scouts) which is symbolic for how we take on certain roles in our relationships and society. At the same time, the outfit initiates, reacts to and records people’s conversations in order to create a broadcast. 


For more info on how this project came about, seehttp://unstable.design/pathfinders


To participate in this installation you should click on the registration link that will redirect you to a 'Doodle'. You will be able to choose a timeslot on one of the exhibition days. 

Otherwise; during regular opening hours only the output of the project will be available.


If you choose to participate in this installation, we will not process any of the personal information that you do not consent to disclose. Audio will be recorded for the purpose of making a broadcast that will be shared on the web. If you wish we can process the recording of your voice to be unrecognizable.


This installation is part of a shared exhibition of 3 designers; Gaspard Bos, Lilian van Daal and Julia Janssen, recipients of the Talent Development grant of the Creative Industries Fund NL. 

Gaspard Bos is a designer driven by societal issues and a love for technology. His latest works investigate the developments in machine learning (A.I.) and take a more critical, rather than solutionist, approach to moral design. 


The project Pathfinders, being presented at Dutch Design Week, invites the visitors to generate anti-data (antidotes by means of anecdotes) as an answer to the anxieties that our present day risk-driven society projects upon prospective parents. 


With Your Personal Shopper is a Second-hand Robot (presented at Balance Unbalance 2018) he digitizes thrift stores and develops a machine with a fashion sense that picks out clothes for you. The idea behind it is that it’s ok if people enjoy a lot of clothes as long as they reuse them.




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