Call it discomforting or call it liberating.
But people in Vancouver is set to join more than 100,000 others in cities around the world on Thursday, taking part in the World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment.
Nearly 2,500 people have signed up for the local event on Facebook, pledging to to sit across from one another and hold eye contact for 60 seconds.
“People will go to a very public space and reclaim it to have this sort of moment of silence, where individuals who don’t know each other at all have a moment of genuine connection.”
Organizer Tim Sharp says this is just one of a number of social art experiments by an Australian group called The Liberators.
“It seems to me that maybe because (Vancouver) has got that reputation for being cold or maybe there’s just people who have that sort of mind set here — I think a lot of people are looking for that kind of experience.”
The event starts at 5 p.m. at English Bay. Check out the Facebook event here.