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The DISTANCE festival in London took place 19th - 20th June 2010 at Stoke Newington International Airport. It was two days of art and performance featuring 40 artists, scientists and thinkers crossing borders and disciplines to interrogate the multiple perspectives of distance.
Distance has always been a part of our lives. Now, more than ever, we are expected to negotiate the complexities of near and far. From conquistador to ryanair to Skype to pilgrimage to chatroom to your neighbour's front door, a multitude of choices now affect how we experience and engage with people and places across the world and across the street. As technology offers instant presence and lifestyle choices increase in complexity, what are our relationships to distance? How do we live with absence, intimacy and speed? When do we desire to close the gap and when do we need to create it?