This app allows you to talk to quarantined people around the world
April 29th 2020

Loneliness is one of the silent serial killers during the pandemic. Therefore Next Nature provides you the tip to pick up your phone. 

Artists Danielle Baskin and Max Hawkin, who stayed in touch over the phone through random calls for the last two years, created QuarantineChat. With QuarantineChat Danielle and Max want to simulate the magic of having a surprise conversation with someone random, as we used to have during a train ride, in a supermarket or in a bar. 

To fight loneliness you can sign-up your phone number and choose the languages you feel comfortable speaking. From that moment on, you can be called by someone with the caller-id “QuarantineChat” at a random time. With the person you are matched, you can talk about anything you want. Next to that it is completely free as the calls happen over the internet through the app Dialup instead of the phone system.

Connect to others all over the world. And who knows, your next lover may just be one call away...

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Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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