The Hands On Project
The Hands On Project
In this world of instant communication, our first contact with people is often virtual. All day we swipe screens, type on keyboards and punch buttons. Our overuse of electronics reduces daily opportunity for human contact. The Hands On Project explores what happens when our first contact with someone is through touch. Is it possible to create a connection?
There are two elements to the project:
Hands On, an experimental documentary short film
HANDSHACK an interactive installation for two, or four strangers.
This experimental documentary dance short involved 20 participants- mostly non-dancers to experience a silent, tactile conversation through a ‘blind hand date’
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CAST AND CREW
original Idea & direction Marites Carino
producers Marites Carino, MarleneMillar
director of photography Donald Robitaille
camera Jules de Niverville
first camera assistant Filipe Pio
behind-the-scenes video Michael Wees
set photography Isabella Miranda Martinez
editor Marites Carino
movement facilitator Mariko Tanabe
original music Christian Olsen
sound recording Aras Bukauskas
mix and sound design Luc Papineau
set design Alex McLean, Jodee Allen
production manager Patrick Riley
production assistant Karina Thibault
colourist Francis Hanneman
Pascal Auclair, Namchi Bazar, Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Clank, Tram-Anh Dam, Cécile Duchamp, Gustavo Estrada, Tarheen Fatima, Kakim Goh, Francois Guay, Jinny Jessica Jacinto, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Matthieu Kieffer, Stacey Koprince, Brigitte Lachance, Paula McCafferty, Jean-Pierre Mecdy, Elena Racevičiūtė, Bobby Thompson, Aurélie Tomas
HANDSHACK, an interactive installation invites strangers to get to know each other through a tactile conversation. Their interaction, projected through a live feed, takes an accepted form of first contact, the handshake, and twists it into an unexpected choreography.
Unable to hear one another, participants wear headphones and are guided in this silent interaction. This sensorial experience takes participants on a memorable journey that heightens the senses and sparks the imagination.
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HANDSHACK premieres in Saskatoon, SK, at the Remai Modern at LUGO, a one-night art happening that celebrates art, food, community and dance Jan. 12, 2019. Click here for information and tickets.
In addition, the project has been awarded an artistic residency and production grant and will be remounted in Montreal, QC in May 2019 at the Oboro gallery during the Accès Asie Festival. Details to be announced here.