Internet reflects human nature in all its imperfections while the material world of consumer products only reflect idealized notions of correct behavior. - Dunne & Raby, Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects
Online dating has never been preciser, faster, more ubiquitous. Dating prosthesis is an attempt of telling a speculative story about the future of our romantic life aided by the possibilities of the new body extensions in a "design fiction" manner.
How can we fill in the gaps of the “love algorithm” in our search for love? How far can we go providing information that could “prevent failure” and match us most accurately with our possible partner? While the emotional side of these processes is still very individual and works enigmatically it's greatly influenced by the social behavior and the environment of the partners. By using the measurable data in which the humans interact these objects are trying to predict the perfect match.
thermoformed white acrylic sheets, glass, artificial leather
photos: Evi Oravecz
models: Youyou Yang, Kristina Jagodic, Anni Tritscher, Eike Harder
costumes: Kristina Jagodic
exhibited at Internet&Tacos
Selected for Design Challenge TEI 2014
Featured at NOTCOT
But how does a love algorithm work?
Normally it should match like with like but, for example, OkCupid does not only that but rates the importance of the question as in "How would you like your partner to answer" and "How important is this question to you". Then the rating of the importance of the question is turned into numbers ( irrelevant: 0, little important: 1, somewhat import: 10, very important: 50, mandatory: 250) e.g. 10 out of 11, or 50 out of 51 equals 91% satisfactory for the one person or 98% for the other one which is 94 match percentage in total.
Within the calculations the geometric mean and margin of error are taken into consideration.
According to a study from 2012 by the Association for Psychological Science the most crucial for predicting the success or failure of relationships are the communication patterns, problem-solving tendencies and sexual compatibility.
One major problem of dating applications is that they fail to collect a lot of crucial information. Because they gather data from singles who have never met, the sites have no way of knowing how two people will interact once they have been matched. Reviews of the literature on the subject reveals that aspects of relationships that emerge only after two people meet and get to know each other — exactly things like communication patterns, problem-solving tendencies and sexual compatibility — are crucial for predicting the success or failure of relationships.
Two people must initialy meet in realtime but from then on all information could be handled differently.
"The artefacts need to be grounded in how people really do behave, viewing values as raw material and shaping them into objects" (Dunne & Raby, Design Noir)
This is an analogue extension to people’s digitally enhanced needs. Wearable display tag that extends the field of precise information and enhancing the chances of the “perfect” match by displaying the “un obvious” results. Contains information with measurements of the users genitals (dimensions, shape, color).
The specific body odor plays significant role in socio-sexual behaviors. The pheromones are chemicals functioning outside of the body with a purpose to trigger a social response between the members of the same species. However, our specific body smell is disguised by our hygiene practices. In this scenario, the dating couple offer each other their own laboratory extracted pheromone to check whether it is matching.
In case your pheromone offer is not excepted you can secretly “disperse it” into the air through a pulse measuring watch that also contains a sample of your own pheromone inside. When your heart beat raises, the wrist watch emits your previously stored pheromones. It is an electronic device that enhances the person’s natural body reactions.
The daters reveal their reaction in complicated situations and their problem-solving capacity even on the first date. Reactions to situations like: stress, coping with illness, bankruptcy, mid-life crises, death of a family or friend could be tested with a simulated virtual reality crises scenario.
As an attempt of opening a debate on the situations these possible artifacts could ignite an online survey has been conducted using these exact photos as an "imagination prosthesis". The results of the survey could be found here.