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Technologies are reshaping surgical touch

Guest post, by Dr Jeff Bezemer @jeffbezemer Surgeons, like all doctors, frequently palpate (from Latin palpare, ‘to stroke’ or ‘caress’), i.e. they examine the patient’s body by touch. Their touch is typically somewhat invasive in that they manipulate parts of the body with their hands to feel for specific formations inside the body. Outside the… Continue reading Technologies are reshaping surgical touch

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Touch-in’ the Virtual: Reflections

By Dr Nikoleta Giannoutsou, In-Touch Our June “Touch-in’ the Virtual” workshop aimed to explore the conceptualisation and experience of ‘touch’ in virtual environments with a diverse group of academics and industry practitioners. These participants came from a wide range of domains, including VR, game design, fashion, sociology, engineering and philosophy. The event, held at the… Continue reading Touch-in’ the Virtual: Reflections

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reflections on sight, sound and touch – a guest post by special needs teacher Brendon Bussy

Author bio: Brendon Bussy is a special needs teacher, artist, maker and retired mandolin player. At the Dominican School for Deaf Children in Wittebome, Cape Town he teaches design, visual arts and performance. His interests include language (he is proficient in South African Sign Language) and multi-modal teaching approaches such as role playing. http://brendonbussy.wordpress.com/ Sight… Continue reading Reflections on sight, sound and touch – a guest post by special needs teacher Brendon Bussy