Good Neighbours

Interactive Documentary, Amsterdam (2019)
Good Neighbours is an interactive documentary that explores the inner world of a neighbourhood WhatsApp group. Good Neighbours is a collaboration between researcher Natalie Dixon, interactive artist/designer Klasien van de Zandschulp and the Institute of Network Cultures.  It is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. This project will be presented at the forthcoming Fak’ugesi digital innovation festival in Johannesburg in Aug/Sept 2019. Through the stories and messages in the WhatsApp group, the project creates awareness amongst citizens and policy makers of the impact of WhatsApp neighbourhood groups on human relationships. It explores key themes for modern cities such as exclusion/inclusion and otherness in neighbourhoods. Good Neighbours provokes new ways of thinking about who belongs to certain spaces and why some people are excluded over others. Our ultimate goal is to influence positive social change in how these mobile groups operate. 

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WhatsApp in Amsterdam
Photo copyright Antal Guszlev