Visitors entered a small gallery in Chinatown, seemingly empty, but covered in astroturf from the floor, nearly to the ceiling, equipped with pillows for rest. Those who entered were greeted by a voice using AI technology that would ask if they wanted to converse. Hidden behind the turf, I observed visitors’ interactions with the space, prompting the technology’s responses if the visitors exceeded beyond small talk.
In one day, two out of ten walk-in visitors left immediately once greeted, while the remaining eight visitors entered in pairs or groups, asked questions to the space, and even cracked jokes. One pair stayed and engaged for twenty minutes.