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In-Touch Podcast

Fashioning Digital Touch

New digital processes are changing how garments are designed and developed. From wearable electronics to motion capture, to crafting a pattern on a virtual mannequin, what does rapid digitisation in fashion education and industry mean for touch? Has the role of touch and tactile material engagement in the garment design development process been fully understood yet? How does one go about studying touch practices in the contemporary fashion studio? In this episode, Lili Golmohammadi speaks to UAL lecturer, researcher, and fellow IN-TOUCH PhD candidate Douglas Atkinson about how he came to frame his study, and the ethnographic approaches he employed to understand how fashion students and tutor-practitioners use touch. Now in the final stages of the PhD, Douglas reflects on how digital touch technologies might best support fashion designers’ touch practices in the future.

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What the eye can’t see: closer observation with touch and drawing in anatomy education

Guest post, by Leonard Shapiro B.Soc.Sc., B.A. Fine Art (Hons.), Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa. (www.lateralleap.co.za, Twitter: @leonard_shapiro, Instagram: @leonard_shapiro) In the post, Leonard Shapiro describes how he came to develop an observation method based on touch and drawing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sJAioNbAis&t=2s Fig. 1: Anatomy observation exercise using touch and drawing in… Continue reading What the eye can’t see: closer observation with touch and drawing in anatomy education

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NeoTouch: a speculative brain-computer-interface technology

Guest post, by Christine Wurth (www.christinewurth.com / @christinewurth) NeoTouch is a Speculative Design project envisioning the future of haptic technology. It takes the form of a communication device based on a brain-computer-interface which allows the wearer to experience touch at a distance. This post discusses the project’s design methods used to interrogate the ethical and… Continue reading NeoTouch: a speculative brain-computer-interface technology

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Touching to read – ‘To You’, a book that can be read when warmed by human touch

In this episode, Carey and Lili of In-Touch speak to multimedia artist, experience designer, and scholar Yiota Demetriou about ‘To You’, a touch-sensitive book of love letters. At first sight, the book appears to be made of blank, inked pages, but when warmed by human touch, its words gradually appear to the reader. Yiota talks us through the process of writing and designing this unique form of reading experience, which requires patience, care, affection and sometimes even tactile collaboration to be read… *This podcast was recorded pre-lock down!

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Auditory-tactile synaesthesia – What’s it like to ‘feel’ piano notes?

In our first podcast, Lili from the In-Touch project speaks to Tim Neumann, of the UCL Knowledge Lab about his experiences of auditory-tactile synaesthesia. The podcast was recorded in one of the Institute of Education's music rooms so that Tim could talk us through the range of tactile effects produced for him by certain piano notes.

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Media tales of touch during Covid

By InTouch Over the life of the InTouch project (starting in 2016) we have kept our feelers out for when touch hits the news headlines. While each year touch has had always had some exposure in the news, headlines have been infrequent and usually promoted by a study or incidence, for example: How often you… Continue reading Media tales of touch during Covid

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A visual and tactile graphic design experiment: ‘Touch Project’

Guest post, by Parinda Sakdanaraseth Figure 1: A tactile-visual re-imagining of ‘Wallpaper’ magazine. Image credit: Parinda Sakdanaraseth. I am fascinated by the sense of touch. With my background in Graphic Design, I feel a joy in using the little power I have to experiment and play with different kinds of paper to create rich textures… Continue reading A visual and tactile graphic design experiment: ‘Touch Project’

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Sex, Robots and Touch

Dr Ned Barker, of In-Touch, interviews Dr Kate Devlin on the present and future of how sex robots might come to touch our bodies, lives, and society, and the social and ethical issues that arise. NB: In Turned On: Science Sex and Robots you described yourself as a “pro sex feminist with radical leanings”. How… Continue reading Sex, Robots and Touch

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Synesthesia X1 – 2.44: The dream of individualised synaesthetic experiences

Guest post, by Dr Feng Zhu This blog post refers to the Synesthesia X1 – 2.44 device, a work by Tetsuya Mizuguchi (an iconic figure in computer games [1]) to consider how artistic visions of individualised synaesthetic experiences are shaped by, and could also be outside of, the logic of individual consumption and self-perfection. Figure… Continue reading Synesthesia X1 – 2.44: The dream of individualised synaesthetic experiences