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DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

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Follower

Follower is a service providing you for just a few hours with your own real-life follower – an invisible companion who watches over you attentively.

Follow or be followed. Online, it’s a signal of interest and respect. So how would it feel to be a real follower – or to have a real follower – for just one day? The choice is yours. Artist Lauren McCarthy has set up a service providing you with your very own, real-life follower for a few hours. At DocLab, Follower will give you an invisible companion to watch over you attentively. In all her work, McCarthy explores how technology raises the possibility of new forms of real-life social interaction. The user gets the opportunity to experiment with how technology might help us to become more social, or more at ease with one another. You can use the Follower app to become part of this performance, which explores the two alternatives: why do you want to follow or be followed? The answers lie in the experience. When the experiment is over you receive a single keepsake: a photograph of your personal follower.

Project details

Year of development :2016
Created by:Lauren McCarthy

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