Back in Sept 2015, alongside an event called “Welcoming Refugees in Copenhagen” at Slotsplads in front of the Danish Parliament expecting around 40.000 visitors, some students and myself realised a project that would question were the human connection has gone. The idea was to let people communicate through their eyes rather than talking. With the help of a couple of people from CIID, we were able to set up a place with 4 chairs, 2 blankets and signs in Danish and English saying: “Where has the human connection gone?” and “Find out by sharing one minute of eye contact”.
The three hours we performed at this huge event provided a very unique experience with very special people sharing their feelings, emotions, thoughts and worries without words. Most of the participants stayed 3-7 minutes and took their time to look into the other person’s soul as well as reflecting on themselves. The reactions reached from collective smiles and laughter to tears and hugs, reaching out hands and turning the stranger into a confidant.
I am keen to repeat the event again. In the meantime, this video provides a glimpse in to some of the many connections that we made on that day.
Following the example of "The Liberators International" I contacted the founder Peter Sharp to ask for advice of how to make this event possible and successful. It is amazing to be surrounded by curious and supportive people that make projects like this possible.
I WANT TO THANK ALL HELPERS AND PARTICIPATORS FOR THIS VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE - YOU ARE TRUELY AMAZING.
SPECIAL THANKS GO TO MY FELLOW STUDENTS WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE:
Francesca Desmarais, Manu Dixit, Sudhanshu Gautam, Vihanga Gore, Sergey Komardenkov, Alejandra Molina, Karan Chaitanya Mudgal, Akshay Verma