Our day-to-day reality is changing at an accelerated pace. We must respond fast and effectively to hold on, survive and thrive.
Are we up for it?
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The last few years have pushed us to react quickly to changes imposed on us, and dramatically adjust the nature of our social interactions. It seems that these changes are accelerating, and the ability to respond in active, creative ways is a skill we all need to train in order to keep up.
Out of this sense of urgency, our project was born. Our group is intrigued by the way tactile crafts resonate in the digital world and connects people everywhere, today more than ever. The shortened reaction times to social and technological changes drive us to find new ways to work within a fast-changing world, mediate it and understand its future effects and the role we play in this process.
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The term 'Reaction Time' refers to the time interval between stimulation and response. It is often attributed to instinctive physical systems, but our bodies also respond to digital spaces that occupy a central part of our lives, disrupting our perception of reality and challenging our reaction times.
In an open studio format, a creative lab, we explore social interactions using cross-disciplinary tools - body and material, sound and code. It is a non-linear and rhizomatic process, in which we use creative work to study the relationship between craft and digital, based on short reaction times while dealing with issues relevant to our time.
We decipher, disassemble, and reassemble the elements in real time, react to them, and document them. Questions about strategies and preservation in creative processes arise from the joined work and encourage us to explore the significance and impact of rapid changes as a reflection of existing reality.
Reaction Time 1.0 | Jerusalem Design Week
The work ׳Reaction Time׳ was first performed at Hansen House as part of Jerusalem Design Week 2022 and was produced with the support of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, The Jerusalem Development Authority, and Ran Wolf Company.
Since 2011, Jerusalem Design Week is the largest and most influential public design event in Israel, offering a multitude of events, performances, and local and international design exhibitions. Each year, Jerusalem Design Week focuses on a central annual theme concerning situations that are at once unique to Jerusalem and Israel, and of international relevance, stemming from the idea that Israel’s cultural landscape allows it to serve as a kind of living laboratory for the exploration of urgent global issues, and based in the belief that design must respond to such issues.
About Reaction Time Group
The project was first performed at Jerusalem Design Week, in 2022.