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Thresholds of Touch: A Short Performative Experiment in Tactile Exploration

Dates: 23rd & 24th January 2020 [times below]

VenueBloomsbury Theatre Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH

Tickets Free. Booking essential. Online booking available here

Limited availability: 15 spaces per time slot

Several of the artistic propositions (Photo credit: Denise Ziegler)

Thresholds of touch is an interactive performance experiment that combines poetic, personal accounts of touch experiences, new materials, electronic sound, bodily interaction and digital technologies to create an explorative and playful, interactive space for visitors to experience and reflect on what digital touch interaction is and might come to be. Through this range of artistic propositions, you will be challenged to experience and explore the politics and aesthetics of human, and non-human touch. The performance-experiment is followed by an exploratory workshop that extends the themes of the performance to generate accounts and stories of touch and interrogate our tactile imaginations of digital touch communication.

Date & Time: A two-hour performance experiment and workshop,  select either:

Thursday 23rd January             10.30 – 12.30

Thursday 23rd January             14.00 – 16.00

Thursday 23rd January             19.00 – 21.00

Friday 24th January                  10.30 – 12.30

Participant age limit is 16+ : This is for research purposes, as participants need to be able to consent, be independent and able to discuss, concentrate, and engage with the performance and workshop over a two hour period.

Marloeke van der Vlugt is a Dutch performance artist and researcher at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht who explores living in a technology driven, networked world and its impact on the body.

Falk Hübner, PhD, composer, theatre maker and researcher and educator based at HKU University of the Arts and ArtEZ  Netherlands, he has extensive experience in theatre, performance and interdisciplinary work.

Thresholds of Touch is a collaboration between Falk and Marloeke and the IN-TOUCH ERC Project, supported by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

Any queries please email Evy Samuelsson: and Carey Jewitt:



Public Talk and Interactive stall

Connecting, Communicating, Feeling Through Digital Touch

Date and Time: Saturday 5 October 2019, 10am – 4pm (stall), 12-12.30 pm (talk)

Venue: Main UCL Campus, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Imagine touching at a distance… What would it feel like? What would it mean? Who and what could touch or be touched? Based on three years of innovative social research, InTouch will help you immerse yourself in the world of digital touch, from distance communication to using digital devices to manage complex emotions. Join us for an interactive talk of ‘Connecting, Communicating, Feeling through Digital Touch’, and visit our stand to try out emerging touch technologies and envisage their future.

The talk will be presented by RA Nikoleta Giannoutsou.



Haptic Media Studies: Touch and Desire in a Digital Age                                             

With Dr David Parisi, College of Charleston, South Carolina & Dr Mark Paterson, University of Pittsburgh

Date & Time: Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 1-4pm

Venue: UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

More info and powerpoint presentations


A Personal Touch: Adventures in Haptic Technology

Dr Gijs Huisman, Amsterdam University of Applied Science’s Digital Society School

Date & Time: June 4th 2019 at 2pm

More info


Touch-in’ the virtual: Exploring digital touch communication in VR

Workshop run by the IN-TOUCH team and Dr Gijs Huisman

Date & Time: June 3rd 2019, 10am to 4pm

More info