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36 Questions that Lead to Love

"Future of Imagination 10"; Zarch Collective; Singapore. 2015


36 Questions that Lead to Love refers to a 20-year long study by the psychologist Arthur Aron and his team, that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions.

Participants were invited to partner up with someone they did not know but wished to know. Then, in pairs they worked through the 36 questions together - which culminated with the task of staring into each others’ eyes for four minutes.

Each person was then asked to write a letter to their partner detailing exactly what they thought of them. Excluding all identifying details, the messages were as anonymous as they were forthright.

Finally, the participants were instructed to secretly slip their notes into the bags/pockets of strangers - in an act of reverse-pickpocketing - throughout the rest of the festival.

Art Historian Jennie Klein reviews the work here.

photos by: Jemima Yong

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