Community connection though eye contact

CONNECTED: Organiser Jamie McGuirk connects through eye contact with Daniel Argent.
CONNECTED: Organiser Jamie McGuirk connects through eye contact with Daniel Argent.

PORT Lincoln people are invited to bond with strangers and rebuild human connection in the community in a public event based around eye contact.

The World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment is a worldwide event co-ordinated by The Liberators International which began last year.

This year will see the event happen in Port Lincoln for the first time, taking place on Saturday on the foreshore next to the Makybe Diva statue, starting at 4.30pm. 

Event organiser Jamie McGuirk said she was prompted after seeing a post about hosting an event on Facebook.

“This event is to rebuild human connection in a public place,” she said.

“It is about coming together as one with the desire to be connected to one another on a heart level and a deep fundamental human level.”

The event will involve people sharing one minute of eye contact with another person.

It is about re-establishing a connection between people in the community in an age that is dominated by the use of technology, including computers and smartphones.

Ms McGuirk said although technology had advanced our society, and had even allowed her to get the message out about the event, it has led to many people being disconnected from each other.

“We think we’re connected through our phones sitting next to people when the real connection is right next to you,” she said.

“Real connection is made by being here and letting down our walls.”

Ms McGuirk offered advice to those taking part.

“First, focus on your breathing so as to not be distracted by external noises, choose one eye to focus on so as you’re not darting between eyes and to let your emotions out,” she said.

Ms McGuirk said the event was designed to unite people of all ages and all standings in the community.

“We are bringing all these levels back down to the floor, we are all human,” she said.

“We want to be connected, we want to be loved.”

More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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