What is Situationist?
Situationist is an iPhone app that makes your
everyday life more thrilling and unpredictable. It alerts members
to each other's proximity and gets them to interact in random
"situations". These situations vary from the friendly "Hug me for
5 seconds exactly" or "Compliment me on my haircut", to the
subversive eg "Help me rouse everyone around us into revolutionary
fervour and storm the nearest TV station". Members simply upload
their photo and pick the situations they want to happen to them
from a shortlist, in the knowledge that they might then occur
anywhere, and at any time.
Who is behind it?
Benrik, artists and authors of the cult bestselling "Diary Will Change Your Life" series.
Will it not attract stalkers and other unsavoury types?
is moderated. The situations are initially picked from a shortlist.
People can suggest their own situations, but these are vetted.
Photos are moderated to exclude Chatroulette-style exhibitionism.
And finally you can of course report anything dodgy. However
Situationist is not for the timorous: the whole point is to interact
with complete strangers. And in fact it is a protest against the
demonisation of strangers encouraged by the media. Fear not!
Why is it called Situationist?
Short answer: it is inspired by the
Situationist International, a radical movement that sought to
transform everyday life and the world through experimental forms
of behaviour. Long answer