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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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Reconnecting through haptic footwear to minimise loneliness

Guest post, by Emilie B. Cohrt, Designer & Founder of Studio Cohrt, WORTH(COSME) Partnership Project ‘Øjenfryd’, MA Footwear London College of Fashion. https://vimeo.com/266167156 Fig 1. Film, Project Re:Connect, by Emilie B. Cohrt. Project Re:Connect and the Footsie slippers were the end product of my MA Footwear degree conducted at the London College of Fashion. Within a… Continue reading Reconnecting through haptic footwear to minimise loneliness

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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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Developing a remote touch device

Guest post, by Frederik Brudy. Twitter: @kopfnuss. This post refers to the Tactile Emoticon Project, a collaboration with: · Dr. Aikaterini Fotopoulou Reader in Affective Neuroscience, Research Department of Clinical, Health and Educational Psychology, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Brain Sciences, SLMS, UCL · Professor Nadia Berthouze Professor in Affective Computing and Interaction, UCL Interaction Centre, connected to… Continue reading Developing a remote touch device

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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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Digital touch, kinaesthetic awareness and the creative potential of the moving body

Guest post by Katie Rees Whilst studying for an MA in Dance Studies, I was drawn to the complexity of adornment and dress in dance and how together with object and movement they contribute to the formation of identity. Influenced by dance ethnography and methods associated with this field, (researcher as a participant, movement analysis,… Continue reading Digital touch, kinaesthetic awareness and the creative potential of the moving body

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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