Borderless is an exploration of unconscious interactions among strangers. It examines the way we are subtly shaped by our surroundings and how our individual actions, in turn, shape others. As individuals, we carry identity classifiers and taxonomies into the public sphere as a way to connect and protect. We communicate with verbal and nonverbal language, unconsciously responding to the fluid web of social potential. The “fish bowl” analogy is often employed by sociologists to explain culture: the ability to see outside our group or community. Yet our values, beliefs and culture will always inform the way we respond to and interact with the outside.

Through Borderless, it is our goal to make the familiar feel unfamiliar, to remove “the fish” from the “fishbowl.” We are testing the idea that perhaps we can move closer to knowing what it is like to experience unconscious social phenomena via a medium that feels foreign, unveiling nuances in behavior, response, and that in between.

Borderless is a work-in-progress. See more explorations here and here. Full website with research process and behind-the-scenes coming soon.