This collaborative research
between Co-organizers Palindrome, Instituto Stocos and Steim, Marcello
Lussana, Jonathan Reus and Oscar Palou explores various technologies from
embodied sensors to the physical touch between two or more persons.
Using electrodes and digital technology, the authors have been experimenting
with human touch -- the skin-to-skin contact between two or more persons
-- as a controller for media. Touch is obviously something humans care
deeply about; a touch can say more than words. Touch is normally an intimate
experience, mainly affecting those doing the touching, and yet by turning
it into light, sound, etc., it can take on new dimensions; what is hidden
and small, becomes large and even public. This paper reviews some of the
work that was done on Touching as a part of MetaBody, touching on philosophical,
technical, artistic and therapeutic implications.
The work undertaken occurred between April and December
2015, at the Madrid IMF, at the Stocos Studio in Madrid, and then finally
in the form of two "Touch Summits" in Berlin.
support of the culture programme of the European Union