Alone Together

  • Dustin Harvey
  • Canada, United Kingdom
  • 2022
  • 10
  • Digital, Installation
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab: Nervous Systems

Widespread loneliness has become the scourge of the modern age. Could increasingly realistic artificial intelligence offer a solution? This interactive app introduces us to Kya, an employee at the fictional Alone Together Agency, which hires out replacement family members to lonely people.

As a visitor to DocLab, you can take Kya’s place and handle all her visits for her. Take a seat with Sara, for example, who hasn’t seen her daughter for a long while. Your job is to play the daughter as best you can in a real conversation with Sara that lifts her spirits.

This virtual experience goes way beyond any idea that you’re talking to a robot, because the technology responds to your movements, as well as to what you say. The creators have tried to make the animations as realistic as possible, which means you get to talk to imperfect avatars—and make a real virtual connection!


  • 10
  • Spoken languages: English
Dustin Harvey
Taylor Olson, Koumbie
Jon Meggitt for Arcade
Key collaborator
Zillah Watson, Olivia Hinkin, Tara Thorne, Michael Lake, Gillian Clark
Executive producer

IDFA history

International Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
DocLab: Nervous Systems

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