SCIENTISTS FOR LOVE
scientific study / relational performance, 2013 (ongoing)
Based in Montreal, Scientists for Love is an organization devoted to the scientific study and advancement of love in all its forms. Founded by Leigh Kotsilidis and Amy Chartrand in November 2013, Scientists for Love is the first ever institute of its kind. Under the SFL umbrella, Leigh and Amy create events that use scientific methodology as a conductor of social energy and human connection.
Speed-dating for the Senses (and the sensitive) (February 2014 – ongoing, presented at SummerWorks (Toronto) August 2015) A social experiment with the senses, attraction, and 30 singles.
Intermission with Canadian Stage (November 2016) An evening of experiments exploring parallel universes and agency.
Field Study: Data Pool (July 2015) A public intervention – Participants were asked how they connect with people (touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight) and were assigned a colour based on their response. These colours were then a way to strike up conversation with strangers.
Field Study: Saliva Swap (July 2015) ) A public intervention – In exchange for a swab of saliva, participants received someone else’s DNA and their phone number in exchange.
Field Study: Complimentary Connections (January 2015) A public intervention – we rode the Montreal metro giving out 100 cards for people to write down and pass along a compliment to stranger.
Sweet Nothings: Readings for one (May 2014) For the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. An experiment in form and experience: personalised literary readings from Blue Met poets by phone, alone in a hotel room.
Field Study: I hear you and I love you (January 2014) A public intervention survey.
August 7, 2015; The Toronto Star, Find your soulmate – by sniffing their dirty T-shirt, Katrina Clarke
March 16, 2015; CBC’s Wire Tap, The Dating Game, Jonathan Goldstein
February 14, 2015; CBC’s Radio Noon, Interview with Mira Burt-Wintonick
February 14, 2015; La Presse, Amour et Science: Speed Dating Scientifique, Philippe Mercure
February 14, 2015; La Presse, Amour et Science: Les Dessous de L’Expérience, Interview with Philippe Mercure
March 23, 2014; Maclean’s, Can we sniff out true love?, Lev Bratishenko
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