Isolation Hug

This project is an inquiry into rethinking and rebuilding our physical and virtual boundaries, memory tactility, and memory preservation. How does the private enter the public domain?

In early 2020 a new term – social distancing – entered our life. Proxemic zones – the intimate, the personal, the social, the public – became our daily topic of conversation. First, we all saw people imitating hugs from a distance by stretching their arms in the air. Next, we saw DIY hugging devices and “socially-distanced-hug” mems. And later, in the years 2020 and 2021, we all read reports on the mental health impact due to the deprivation of tactile contact with family and friends.

Whether it is narrow or wide, a person big or small, weak or strong – how can one measure the hug or quantify the energy it gives? The feelings of the giver and those of the receiver?
For the project, I ask for mathematical measurements of the hug, thus registering a matter of fact and the memory of the moment.

If you choose to share a photograph on social media capturing the moment of taking measurements of your hug, please tag #Ihugproject (previously used tag #jerseyisolationhug)

Everyone regardless of age is welcome to participate.

Hugs Given updated daily

Hugged by: Peter

Hug width: 174

Hug height: 146

Hugged on: 15. Oct 2020

Hugged by: Gracie

Hug width: 167

Hug height: 134

Hugged on: 24. Sep 2020

Hugged by: Robert

Hug width: 176

Hug height: 150

Hugged on: 24. Sep 2020

Hugged by: Layla

Hug width: 100

Hug height: 163

Hugged on: 24. Sep 2020

Hugged by: Tim

Hug width: 173

Hug height: 130

Hugged on: 7. Jul 2020

Hugged by: Solomon

Hug width: 107

Hug height: 80

Hugged on: 16. Jun 2020

Hugged by: Andrew

Hug width: 208

Hug height: 196

Hugged on: 9. Jun 2020

Hugged by: Bear

Hug width: 170

Hug height: 135

Hugged on: 3. Jun 2020

Hugged by: Nicola

Hug width: 170

Hug height: 140

Hugged on: 31. May 2020

Hugged by: Tania

Hug width: 148

Hug height: 132

Hugged on: 31. May 2020

Hugged by: Vlad

Hug width: 157

Hug height: 128

Hugged on: 31. May 2020

Hugged by: Victor

Hug width: 174

Hug height: 146

Hugged on: 31. May 2020

Hugged by: Ben

Hug width: 175

Hug height: 145

Hugged on: 28. May 2020

Hugged by: Yonah

Hug width: 100

Hug height: 70

Hugged on: 13. May 2020

Hugged by: Owen

Hug width: 118

Hug height: 93

Hugged on: 11. May 2020

Hugged by: Max

Hug width: 109

Hug height: 88

Hugged on: 11. May 2020

Hugged by: Zoya

Hug width: 144

Hug height: 170

Hugged on: 11. May 2020

Hugged by: Yulia

Hug width: 166

Hug height: 141

Hugged on: 11. May 2020

Hugged by: Sasha

Hug width: 175

Hug height: 145

Hugged on: 8. May 2020

Hugged by: Glyn

Hug width: 190

Hug height: 145

Hugged on: 8. May 2020

Hugged by: Klim

Hug width: 110

Hug height: 113

Hugged on: 5. May 2020

Hugged by: Katya

Hug width: 160

Hug height: 140

Hugged on: 1. May 2020

Hugged by: Daphne

Hug width: 156

Hug height: 123

Hugged on: 27. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Melisa

Hug width: 173

Hug height: 140

Hugged on: 27. Apr 2020

Hugged by: William

Hug width: 195

Hug height: 192

Hugged on: 27. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Nick

Hug width: 181

Hug height: 150

Hugged on: 27. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Maxim

Hug width: 100

Hug height: 83

Hugged on: 24. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Alyona

Hug width: 154

Hug height: 134

Hugged on: 23. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Annoushka

Hug width: 150

Hug height: 129

Hugged on: 22. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Olga

Hug width: 165

Hug height: 137

Hugged on: 18. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Andrew

Hug width: 180

Hug height: 156

Hugged on: 18. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Margaret

Hug width: 161

Hug height: 141

Hugged on: 17. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Linda

Hug width: 170

Hug height: 135

Hugged on: 15. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Jasmin

Hug width: 160

Hug height: 136

Hugged on: 11. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Mia

Hug width: 84

Hug height: 73

Hugged on: 11. Apr 2020

Hugged by: David

Hug width: 185

Hug height: 145

Hugged on: 10. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Inna

Hug width: 169

Hug height: 135

Hugged on: 7. Apr 2020

Hugged by: Phoebe

Hug width: 133

Hug height: 100

Hugged on: 5. Apr 2020

Hugs in Pictures

Tim