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.

Both events are free but you can book a place at the talk here

Interactive Performance and Research Workshop

Thresholds of Touch
Marloeke van der Vlugt and Falk Hübner

Date & Time: 22nd and 23rd January 2020 (times of performances and workshops to be confirmed)

VenueBloomsbury Theatre Studio, London

Thresholds of Touch is an interactive digital performance designed to create an experimental and playful, interactive space for visitors to experience and reflect on what digital touch interaction is and might be.  Through a range of artistic propositions that combine digital technologies, new materials, electronic sound, and bodily interaction it explores the experience, politics and aesthetics of human, and non-human touch.

A series of ‘Touchy Narratives’ - poetic, personal accounts and stories of touch experiences, will be performed, challenging the audience to explore touch. The performance is accompanied by a series of workshops that extend and explore the themes of the performance and generate personal accounts and stories of touch that inform the performance.

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.



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