Global Telematic Handshake

Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat Maat are TASML artists in residence 2014, for creating their new work: ‘Global Telematic Handshake’.

It is a performance installation and a prototype for an intuitive augmented, haptic interface – based on the universal ritual of a handshake


For GTH the artists combine interdisciplinairy research in the fields of the arts, presence technology, neuro-science, emotion research and playful user experience design (UXD). 

They experiment with social, intuitive, hybrid and embodied multimodal interfaces for an augmented human-computer-human interaction system and an innovative, 

sensitive meeting place, for a networked handshake experience.

Touch is fundamental for emotional well being. 

Can I touch you online? The artists refer to social scientists and philosophers stating that touch, experience of embodied proximity and face to face connection are core components for trust, engagement and reciprocity; which are in turn the foundations of our social structures. However, while media extend our bodies in time and space, they prevent us from touching. As networking bodies and nodular subjects, we scan our identities using binary social parameters, social media privacy filters and surveillance technologies: ‘Media create a world without touching, a body less existence’. Thus there is an urgent need for research into haptic interfaces. GTH reflects on the meaning and experience of mediated trust, focusing on the notions of presence and reciprocity.

Handshake The handshake is a sensitive universal ritual for survival. When we shake hands together we answer the questions:

Can I trust you now? Am I safe with you?’ These questions are then answered in our handshake by: holding hands, seeing each other in the eye, and synchronize through sensing warmth, moving and pressure. Trust is established when feeling mutual streaming reciprocity:

we trust our handshake.

Test set up at IFP Beijing, 2014 

GTH interface feedback ‘communicating vessels’ / external lung system

Telematic Handshake turns the handshake in an online haptic interface.
The artists: 
“For an online handshake experience we play around with the perception of ‘who you see and with whom you’re holding hands’. We deconstruct the handshake, and invite our warm, familiar and sensitive body in a new networked version of the old handshake ritual. Through inflatable design based on the physics principle of communicating vessels ‘Global Telematic Handshake’ invites a for mutual feeling of streaming reciprocity – ‘like breathing’. Participants seemingly feel directly the other’s body for meeting, playing and scanning trust in the digital network.”

2014年在北京IFP工作室进行的测试 《环球远握》介面反馈-“连通器”/外部肺状系统 (照片:Max Gerthel)

(照片:Max Gerthel)

《保住面子》;行为装置;曾在北京2012年举办的清华大学艺术与科学节( TASIE)以及奥地利林茨市2013年举办的数码艺术节“城市连贯”项目中展示。

保住面子》;行为装置;曾在北京2012年举办的清华大学艺术与科学节( TASIE)以及奥地利林茨市2013年举办的数码艺术节“城市连贯”项目中展示。

Global Telematic Handshake: so far and yet so close.


The multimodal and haptic character of the work will be relevant for: 

Social media, Neuro science, Forensic research, Gaming and entertainment,

Social robots, Health (social proximity and social therapy),

Presence technology for people geographically divided.

TASML artist in residency Tsinghua University  (Prof. Zhang Ga)

Technical University Delft, Participatory Systems Initiative (Prof. F. Brazier, Dr. C. Nevejan)

Institute For Provocation, IFP Beijing

European EIC ICT Presence research group (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, KTH Stockholm)

Institute of Neural Engineering (Prof. Hong Bo)

Mondriaan Foundation Netherlands.

Saving Face Performance installation at TASIE Beijing 2012, 

Connecting Cities Berlijn- Dessau- Ars Electronica Linz 2013.

About Lancel and Maat

In their works Lancel and Maat design objects, projections and digital networks to create experimental ‘meeting places’ in urban public spaces. These ‘meeting places’ are designed as seductive, visual performances and installations. Each ‘meeting place’ or social sculpture functions as an artistic ‘social lab’ in which the artists invite their audience as co-researchers. Experimenting and playing with deconstructed social technologies the audience reflects on their perception of the city, and their experience of body, presence, identity and community. The artists research contemporary social systems in a mediated society; in smart cities and augmented / immersive spaces.

Their works are widely internationally shown in USA, Europe and Asia.
Ars Electronica, Linz (A); ZKM, Karlsruhe (D); Eyebeam, New York (US);

World Expo 2010 – DCC Shanghai (CN); Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (NL); 

Transmediale, Berlin (D); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); BNMI Banff Center (Ca);

Urban screens 04 Amsterdam (NL); Urban Screens 08, Melbourne (Aus); V2_Institute Rotterdam (NL);ISEA 04 (Fin); ISEA 2011 (T); ISEA 2014 (Dubai); Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris (F); Art Center Nabi, Seoul (Kor);
De Appel Amsterdam (NL); Millennium Art Museum, Beijing (CN); 

2nd & 3rd Art @ Science Exhibitions, Beijing (CN).

Lancel is PhD candidate at Technical University of Delft; previously core lecturer MFA Interactive Media Art FMI Groningen. Maat teaches media art at the Minerva Art Academy Groningen, and is Minerva Academy research group member (‘Image in Context’) of dr. Anke Coumans. Lancel headed the interactive media art department (IME) at MFA Frank Mohr Institute Groningen (core lecturer) 2005-2008. 

Hermen在清华大学生物医学工程系洪波教授的指导下用muscle activation和muscle measurement的传感器进行测试。

Hermen在清华大学生物医学工程系洪波教授的指导下用muscle activation和muscle measurement的传感器进行测试。


Karen和Hermen在清华大学生物医学工程系的Hong Bo教授指导下戴着EEG传感器进行握手和亲吻测试。

Karen和Hermen在清华大学生物医学工程系的Hong Bo教授指导下戴着EEG传感器进行握手和亲吻测试。