Situationist takes a cue from the avant-garde artistic movement of the same name to inject our present lives with the unexpected. In the 1960s, the Situationists coalesced around how to resist the vapidity of advanced capitalist society through experimental encounters in urban space. The Situationist app allows users to break their own routines by engaging with random strangers. Through the app, users upload their picture and choose from a menu of interaction scenarios they would be open to, ranging from the playful (“Hug me for 5 seconds exactly”) to the radical (“Help me rouse everyone around us into revolutionary fervor and storm the nearest TV station”); while out in the city, users know that these might happen anytime, anywhere. Situationist then uses geolocation technology to notify users of each others’ proximity and orchestrate the encounters.
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