The first idea that came to our mind was to track movements while people sleep, we wanted to make the people aware of their unconscious movements. By tracking behavour we wanted to see

if there were repeative patterns and link does to other participants. We wanted to know the difference between controlled behaviour when someone is awake and uncontrolled when asleep.

The first idea was to work with a plate under the mattress who can show the movements made by the sleeper on top of it. We later found out that this idea would not show us the exact results that we wanted. The next idea was to film the sleeping behaviour and create patterns with a tracking point, in the example underneath we tracked an hand from a sleeping woman.

The result gave us very little. We figured that it is very hard to find similarities between people overday and in the night.

After a feedback moment with Sabine we decided to focus on the unconscious behaviour during the day.

Whe got very excited about micro expressions and non verbal language because we realised how little we knew about it and how important it actually is.

We watched some documentaries about body language to get more information about our topic.

The video above is mostly about presidents and how you can see the language in their body, the documentary shows how you can see dominancy and who is lying.

This is an interesting video about the power of hand gestures. This video does not tell much about micro expressions but it does show how you can manipulate or make something look prettier then it actually is.

This clip is about micro expressions, it shows reactions of people on video images.

The general knowledge about non verbal communication has mostly evolved from our facial expressions.



This source is mostly about the movement of the mouth and how this communicates. A example is when someone is biting their lip, they are actually saying that they are insecure.

This source explains micro expressions that for instance show contempt, this can be noticed when someone raises the corner of their mouth.

From these sources we have created a format to see if the participants were lying or not.


  1. Stop motion images on the wall
  2. Under the images the answers of the people in the stop motion
  3. Audience can take pictures off the wall of what they think is a lie
  4. The picture can be held in the black light.
  5. The UV light will shine under the blacklight and show the answer.
  6. The result can be put on a wall with all the other answers from other participants.
  7. This wall will be our collection. The collection will reveal how much we actually understand of non verbal communication.
  8. In our presentation we will flash the wall with blacklight so it reveals all the given answers.


Making the participant aware of their non verbal communication. This can help the participants becoming aware of answers that they did not realise in their consciousness yet.

Interactively motivating the audience to test and reflect on their non verbal reading skills and showing how much people actually have the ability to read non verbal communication.

What makes this a collection

The collection part of this concept is the input of several participants that will be presented together in an analog presentation. Together they create an interactive ‘game’ for the audience. Each person is filmed in exsacly the same way, but each participant has different features that can explain the truth or a lie. The collection of different participants with different facial expressions will challenge the audience on their non verbal skills. The audience will create a collection of different answers and the outcome of that. This will be shown through the ‘truth potion’ that will show if the person was right or wrong. All these answers will be put on a wall that will show the audience how much we actually understand of each others non verbal language.

Why 3 questions from one person?

When one person answers different questions, the audience will have more answers of one person to go upon.
This makes aspects like appearance, light and others fall to the background and make the public more aware of what is said.
This can make the decisions harder or easier.

Top 5 selected by the audience:







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