Situationist by Turned On Ventures (iPhone)
Released: Mar 7, 2011
Version: 1.0
Size: N/A
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** Wired: “Very excited about Situationist, the app that prompts its members to create extraordinary situations together”**

Situationist is the radical new app that sparks chance encounters between its members, adding an unpredictable thrill to everyday life.


Situationist is an iPhone app that makes your everyday life more thrilling and unpredictable. It alerts members to each other's proximity and gets them to interact in random "situations". These situations vary from the friendly "Hug me for 5 seconds exactly" or "Compliment me on my haircut", to the subversive eg "Help me rouse everyone around us into revolutionary fervour and storm the nearest TV station". Members simply upload their photo and pick the situations they want to happen to them from a shortlist, in the knowledge that they might then occur anywhere, and at any time.

Benrik, artists and authors of the cult bestselling "Diary Will Change Your Life" series.

Situationist is moderated. The situations are initially picked from a shortlist. People can suggest their own situations, but these are vetted. Photos are moderated to exclude inappropriate exhibitionism. And finally you can of course report anything dodgy. However Situationist is not for the timorous: the whole point is to interact with complete strangers. And in fact it is a protest against the demonisation of strangers encouraged by the media. Fear not!

Short answer: it is inspired by the Situationist International, a radical movement that sought to transform everyday life and the world through experimental forms of behaviour. The Situationists disbanded prematurely, according to Benrik, thereby missing out on the greatest opportunity to subvert daily life in a long while: the mobile phone.

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Important: Please note that Situationist only works best on OS4 as it needs background processing.

***Even MORE important: some early users are wondering how to see where others are on the map. The answer is you can't, as it would remove the all-important element of surprise... The app alerts you when someone is very near. Only then can you locate them on the map to perform the situation. The default screen when you've selected your situations is the profile screen. This is not a bug, it's a feature! End of rant.***
Our verdict: Ok
  • Situationist is a poorly rated app (2.5-star).
  • + The app is free.
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