1. For some bizarre reason we find it excruciatingly uncomfortable to be walking alongside a complete stranger at exactly the same pace and in the same direction.
Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Koren and Vania Heymann, a second year student at the Bezalel school of art and design in Jerusalem, decided to highlight this phenomenon along New York’s Fifth Avenue.
2. The resulting video shows Koren engaging in a “walking contest” with a supposed stranger.
3. The clip is beautifully shot and comes with a thumping soundtrack.
6. After “winning” the race, Koren ponders at the finish line: “What is so scary about moving together at the same speed?
“Is it safety issues, intimacy, individualism? Like there is no way I have something in common with this stranger, not even the speed of walking.
“Why can’t we walk together, I think it can be very cool.”