Good Neighbours

Interactive Documentary, Amsterdam (2019)
Good Neighbours is an interactive documentary-in-the-making that explores the inner world of a neighbourhood WhatsApp group. It is a collaboration between researcher Natalie Dixon, interactive artist/designer Klasien van de Zandschulp and the Institute of Network Cultures.  This project is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. As part of the research for this documentary, Good Neighbours took part in the 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
Research phase: a performance at Fak’ugesi festival, Johannesburg, Sept 2019
Research phase: a performance at Fak’ugesi festival, Johannesburg, Sept 2019