Fancy eyeballing a stranger in the park tomorrow?

Posted On 22 Sep 2017 at 4:50 pm

Scores of people are expected to come to Pavilion Gardens tomorrow to take part in the world’s biggest eye contact experiment.

Thousands of people across the world are expected to take part in the event, organised by Australian “viral social movement” The Liberators.

The idea is for people to share one minutes’ eye contact with a stranger, and in doing so demonstrate the power of human connection in public.

The Brighton part has been taken on by Dean Powley, who was inspired to do it here after seeing a film explaining the premise on Facebook.

Dean said: “When I first watched the video, I found myself in tears and really moved by it.

“I shared it again and a couple of my friends who I didn’t expect to react said that’s really moving.

“I suggested organising it and it snowballed from there.

“We are so connected to our digital devices and we are not connecting with people. This morning I forgot to take my headphones and I found myself thinking how am I going to walk to work without them.

“This is an exercise in connecting with people and getting people to stop for a minute and hopefully bring people some joy and many different feelings.

“It’s a very Brighton thing to do.”

The event starts at 11am in Pavilion Gardens and carries on until 2pm. For more information, click here.

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