The Trust Project aimed to reframe social experience in the urban context.
This research project investigated the social value of trust between individuals in public urban spaces by design interventions through art. Our proposition is that the shared exercise of trust between individuals and cross-cultural communities can contribute to safer communities; and that encouraging individuals to interact through aesthetic participation with one another can develop trust between them and can therefore mitigate against anti-social behaviours manifesting as crime.
By researching and developing a creative strategy based on processes of participatory relational aesthetics, this project researched the value of interaction, integration and interrelation for building stronger inter-personal understanding and trust in diverse urban based communities. The Trust Project developed into a series of creative project in local and international cities.
In particular, researcher and artist Karen Casey developed Reach Out, a participatory project which involved participants collaborating with other participants shaking hands and having their handshakes cast in plaster. This project was performed in Melbourne and Mexico City. The act of handshaking also developed into a video based work exploring the idea of a viral handshake in a public place, highlighting how we as individuals are able to be connected through touch and therefore can lead to a renewed sense of trust between people.
Researchers: Geoff Hogg, Elizabeth Grierson, Rupa Ramanathan, Tammy Hulbert, Karen Casey.