The artist maintains the project stoked a necessary debate on privacy and identity online.
GEO-dating apps still appealing Grindr has become one of the best-known sex navigation apps.
And Verhoeven says few have taken the time to examine the effect the app may be having on their ability to connect with other people in public spaces.
"The feeling we have on the Internet is that we are safe there, that no body is looking at us," Verhoeven says.
An art project in Berlin based on the gay chat app @Grindr has set off a debate over the online privacy of geo-location dating services, and the effect they might be having on their users.
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The project, called " Wanna Play ," used Verhoeven's Grindr profile to draw chat partners into a discussion about online intimacy.
It was cut short on October 5, however, after some users protested, saying it was a violation of their privacy.
Hebel am Ufer (HAU), a state-funded theater which sponsored Verhoeven's project, later held two town hall-style meetings to discuss the merits and failings of the project. An American in his 20s who went over to Verhoeven's cube shortly after it opened became particularly irate when he saw his chat messages and photos being read by the assembled crowd.
He has threatened legal action against the artist and HAU, accusing both of entrapment.