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
Venue: UCL Knowledge Lab, Large Seminar Room, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS
About: This interdisciplinary workshop aims to examine and explore the conceptualisation and experience of ‘touch’ in virtual environments including virtual reality, pseudo haptics and mediated touch technologies. We will investigate the current state-of-the art virtual touch and speculate on ‘virtual touch’ futures, with attention to health and well-being, training and learning, and leisure. Through hands on experience of virtual touch environments, fiction and film, thematic grounding and we will engage with questions of the materiality of touch, the kinds of ‘touch’ sensations that people sense or experience in the virtual landscape, and the implications for its’ design and use potentials.