Sensory

Cuddle Workshops

By Lili Golmohammadi, IN-TOUCH  Through my PhD I am exploring the relationships between touch and loneliness. Although much has been written about loneliness in cognitive and behavioural terms, loneliness felt or addressed through the body is far less understood. https://youtu.be/Guo4ktLxOVU?t=26 Fig 1: Cuddle Nation - London 360 Cuddle Workshop Last month, I signed up for a… Continue reading Cuddle Workshops

Sensory

Developing a remote touch device

Guest post, by Frederik Brudy. Twitter: @kopfnuss. This post refers to the Tactile Emoticon Project, a collaboration with: · Dr. Aikaterini Fotopoulou Reader in Affective Neuroscience, Research Department of Clinical, Health and Educational Psychology, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Brain Sciences, SLMS, UCL · Professor Nadia Berthouze Professor in Affective Computing and Interaction, UCL Interaction Centre, connected to… Continue reading Developing a remote touch device

Sensory

On Palpability and Breath: thinking through a kind of limit case for touch

Guest post, by Dr Kate Elswit My research articulates how information is stored and transmitted through bodies in performance, from my first book on archives of watching in early twentieth century Germany, to my more recent work on dance and data. I do not identify as a touch scholar, even though I come to academia… Continue reading On Palpability and Breath: thinking through a kind of limit case for touch

Sensory

Digital touch, kinaesthetic awareness and the creative potential of the moving body

Guest post by Katie Rees Whilst studying for an MA in Dance Studies, I was drawn to the complexity of adornment and dress in dance and how together with object and movement they contribute to the formation of identity. Influenced by dance ethnography and methods associated with this field, (researcher as a participant, movement analysis,… Continue reading Digital touch, kinaesthetic awareness and the creative potential of the moving body

Sensory

Music and Haptics: Musical Haptic Wearables for Electronic Music Performers’ Communication

Guest post, by Luca Turchet The Internet of Musical Things (IoMusT) is an emerging research field that lies at the intersection of the Internet of Things and sound and music computing, with a particular focus on multisensory aspects. The IoMusT relates to the network of Musical Things, which are objects and interfaces dedicated to the… Continue reading Music and Haptics: Musical Haptic Wearables for Electronic Music Performers’ Communication

Sensory

Figuring: Bodies, Materiality and Touch in a Multi-Person Virtual Reality – Developing an Ethics of Care/Touch in Participatory Performance Practice

Guest post, by Lisa May Thomas Figuring is a participatory performance which uses a multi-person virtual reality framework [1] to explore bodies, materiality and touch. It was prototyped for 30 invited participants, who ranged from scientists and technologists to artists and curators, in September 2018 at the University of Bristol. The project is led by… Continue reading Figuring: Bodies, Materiality and Touch in a Multi-Person Virtual Reality – Developing an Ethics of Care/Touch in Participatory Performance Practice

Sensory

Sensory and Consumer Science is Getting in Touch with Touch

Guest post, by Carol Raithatha, Carol Raithatha Limited Thoughts from a consumer goods focused sensory/consumer researcher on the intricacies of researching touch.  Sensory touchpoints Sensory attributes translate to profit for household brands. For example, the smell of Unilever’s Dove soap has been said to contribute $63m to its annual US revenues, while the touch adds… Continue reading Sensory and Consumer Science is Getting in Touch with Touch