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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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Sensory and Consumer Science is Getting in Touch with Touch

Guest post, by Carol Raithatha, Carol Raithatha Limited Thoughts from a consumer goods focused sensory/consumer researcher on the intricacies of researching touch.  Sensory touchpoints Sensory attributes translate to profit for household brands. For example, the smell of Unilever’s Dove soap has been said to contribute $63m to its annual US revenues, while the touch adds… Continue reading Sensory and Consumer Science is Getting in Touch with Touch

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Many hands make light work: reflections on Reshaping Touch Communication at CHI’18 – Guest post by Gijs Huisman

When you travel to Montréal to attend a workshop on touch you cannot help but be more conscious of all the haptic sensations you encounter while traveling. The fabric in the cheap airline pillow, the fight with your fellow traveller for the centre armrest, or the rather special mouthfeel of the local Quebecian delicacy, Poutine.… Continue reading Many hands make light work: reflections on Reshaping Touch Communication at CHI’18 – Guest post by Gijs Huisman

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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

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Reflections on ‘Hold Me Now: Feel and Touch in an Unreal World’

This blog post reports and reflects on the ‘Hold Me Now: Feel and Touch in an Unreal World’ conference (21-24 March 2018), with a focus on the days IN-TOUCH attended (days two, three and four). The conference was a productive and thought-provoking experience for the IN-TOUCH project.  It was a between the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and… Continue reading Reflections on ‘Hold Me Now: Feel and Touch in an Unreal World’

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Reflecting on Remote Personal Communication, by Nicola Josephine Flüchter

In October/November 2017, IN-TOUCH organised a number of rapid prototyping workshops to explore with interdisciplinary groups of postgraduate students the possibilities of personal touch communication at a distance. As part of these workshops, we introduced students to the Kissenger prototype, a remote kissing machine designed by Emma Zhang and Prof. Adrian Cheok at the Imagineering… Continue reading Reflecting on Remote Personal Communication, by Nicola Josephine Flüchter