One possibility in the post digital and post human age is the recreation of human physical experience with the integrity of digital and materiality. Digital tools such as affective computing are capable of sensing and analysing human emotional cues. Materials such as soft robotics are capable of producing aesthetic serendipities. A combination of the two might offer the potential of recreating the physical contact of emotional experiences that traditionally exclusive to human such as touch and hug. This workshop invites participants to explore this potential together.
However emotional experience is highly dependent on personal experience, social & cultural context, and the emotional relations could not be designed by designers but only formed with sustained interaction between the individuals and the artefacts. That is why in the workshop, we will share our memories, interaction patterns and use these to ‘design’ a personal touch/hug machine, and try them out to see if they make us produce the same oxytocin in us than human touches!
Materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an object or an image of the object that reminds them of the comfort feeling brought by touch or hug.
Number of participants: 6-15
Free admission, please note limited spaces available.
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