is a new hybrid party game experience by Roos Groothuizen and Derk Over. Play Project Stargaze and explore how the human body is developing in response to our increased use of technology. To play you need to team up with a friend: one of you will be physically present at the while the other will join online, while being strapped to your ass.

Together you will experience the single hybrid body of the future.

Performed during:
IMPAKT Festival (2023)
Werktank Leuven (2023)

In collaboration with:
Roos Groothuizen

We are on the verge of a new evolutionary step – our transition into the hybrid human. This new body will be fully adapted to living simultaneously online and offline. For now, everything still feels uncomfortable and we are still getting used to having a digital presence alongside our physical one. Play the Project Stargaze game and experience the evolutionary process that lies ahead of us by providing a series of challenges for your physical and digital consciousness.

In this multi-team party game, you will pair up to help design the society of the future. One player in each pair will be physically present in the space while the other is online, connected to the game through a video call. Together, you will form a single hybrid body that ‘physically’ connects the online and offline player. How will you cooperate with your partner and the other duos to tackle the challenges of this new society?

Project Stargaze was developed by Roos Groothuizen and Derk Over. Groothuizen is a media artist fighting for digital human rights. In her own practice and as part of the art collective Telemagic, she researches human and non-human aspects of invisible algorithms, information filters and unfair distribution.
Derk Over produces cultural projects at the intersection of queerness, fantasy subculture and gaming. Over founded the Utrecht theatre and game collective Queer Arcana and teaches the Games & Interaction BA programme at HKU University of the Arts.
In 2022, IMPAKT commissioned two hybrid artworks by Utrecht-based artists. Project Stargaze is one of the two selected artworks. The commissions were funded by the province of Utrecht through its Talented Makers Support Package (Presentatieregeling Talentvolle makers).
Project Stargaze was co-funded by Werktank, Leuven (Belgium).
These commission is part of The New Social research project, a collaboration between IMPAKT, Framer Framed and Hackers & Designers that is supported by the Innovation Labs programme at Creative Industries Fund NL; and the two-year research project Going Hybrid, which investigates various aspects of the ongoing hybridity ‘evolution’.
Going Hybrid’s partners are Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, MU Eindhoven, The Hmm, Hackers & Designers, Willem de Kooning Academy, Framer Framed, Varia and IMPAKT.