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The Collection of Networked Touch

A collection of works, projects and events relating to the subject of 'networked touch'.

The communication of touch over networks has long been subject to exploration and reflection by media artists. The global Covid-19 pandemic also brought to light a surprising lack of attention paid to the sense of touch in technical and conceptual advances in online communication. For a 2022 research project artist Marnix de Nijs dived into the history of the artistic exploration of networked touch. In May 2022 he presents a prototype that reflects on our contemporary desire for transnational simultaneous touch.

Here is a selection of works, projects and events from the archive of V2_ that explored in one way or another the idea of networking touch. Added to that is a number of descriptions of works that have been of importance in this field.

The historical research upon which this selection is based was done by Lija Groenewoud van Vliet and Marnix de Nijs. The research is part of the Re-enactment residency 2022. The collection is edited by Arie Altena.

Telephonic Arm Wrestling

Telephonic Arm Wrestling is a work by Norman White and Doug Back. It was first realised in 1986. An attempt at reconstruction was made as part of the 2011 series of events at V2_ under the banner of Strategic Arts Initiative 2.0. This included the event Blowup: We Are All Crew, and the reader We Are All Crew. (See also the photos attached to those webpages).

CyberSM & The Inter_skin project

CyberSM & the Inter_skin project were two projects by the Norwegian artist Stahl Stenslie. He presented them at V2_ during the Wiretap 5.09 event in 1999 Wiretap 5.09 which discussed the 'phantom body', the virtual, potential double of the physical body. (See also the photos attached to those webpages). Stenslie's own website is at www.stenslie.net/stahl. His information on CyberSM and the Inter_skin project were added to the V2_archive.

Get in Touch Exhibition at Ars Electronica

This was an exhibition by the Tangible Media Group of MIT at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. The  website of the Tangible Media group is at tangible.media.mit.edu/, the expo is mentioned here, but additional information on the 2001/2003 exhibition seems to have disappeared from it. The description of a short documentation video on Vimeo states: 'From September 1st, 2001 to August 24th, 2003, 10 Tangible Bits projects from Tangible Media Group were featured at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria.' Particularly interesting in the context of touch is the work InTouch (in the video starting from 2'00'').

Get in Touch Exhibition at Ars Electronica from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

Mobile Feelings

Mobile Feelings is an interactive art work by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau that was shown as part of the exhibition of the 2004 Dutch Eletronic Art Festival, organised by V2_. The work questions how mobile communication technologies have altered our life styles and our conceptions of privacy. It does so by reintroducing tactility. Mobile Feelings lets people communicate with strangers through virtual touch and body sensations, including smell and sweat using specially designed mobile phones.

Hug Shirt

The HugShirt by CuteCircuit transfers the feeling of being hugged at a distance. Embedded in the shirt there are sensors that feel the strength of the touch, the skin warmth and the heartbeat rate of the sender and actuators that recreate the sensation of touch, warmth and emotion of the hug to the shirt of the distant loved one. It was shown at V2_ as part of the Test_Lab Fashionable Technologies, the lo-fi livestream of that event is archived and available. Current information on the HugShirt is at cutecircuit.com/hugshirt/

Push/Pull

In the installation Push / Pull (2003), by Edwin van der Heide and Marnix de Nijs, visitors can throw their full bodyweight into huge hovercraft-like objects. Each player has their ‘own’ playing field with their ‘own’ interactive hovercraft and yet the movements of one will be controllably copied by the other and vice versa, creating an almost Tai Chi like confrontation at a distance. The work was never presented at V2_, but since both Marnix de Nijs and Edwin van der Heide often collaborate with V2_ the description was added to the archive.

Kissenger

Kissenger is the 'world's first mobile kissing messenger'. Its website states: 'Plug in to your phone and give your loved ones a kiss over the Internet. Kissenger can sense your kiss and transmit realistic kissing sensations to your partner in real time. You can also feel the force on your lips when your partner kisses you back. Share an intimate moment with your friends and families while chatting with them on your phone.' It was developed by the Mixed Reality Lab. 2022 information can be found at mixedrealitylab.org/kissenger/. Earlier development stuff is still online for instance at kissenger.lovotics.com/

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Re-enactment residency V2_ and In4Art: TAST

Re-enactment residency V2_ and In4Art: TAST

Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs will re-enact the work 'Telephonic Arm Wrestling' that Norman White and Doug Back originally realized in 1986 and showed at V2_ in 2011.

EVENT

The Evening of Networked Touch

The Evening of Networked Touch
22
May 2022

An evening of demonstrations, lectures and discussion centered around the artistic exploration of networked touch.

EVENT

Rotterdam Art Week: Transnational Activation of Simultaneous Touch [Marnix de Nijs]

Rotterdam Art Week: Transnational Activation of Simultaneous Touch [Marnix de Nijs]
19
May 2022
22
May 2022

An exhibition-event in which Marnix de Nijs shares his practice-based research into the history of the artistic exploration of networked touch.

Marnix de Nijs

Marnix de Nijs

Marnix de Nijs (NL) is an artist who works on the body-machine relationship.

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet

Lija Groenewoud van Vliet is the founder of In4art.

Inter_skin

Inter_skin

Inter_skin is a 1994 work by Stahl Stenslie. It is a sensual communication link, challenging the concepts of eroticism, adding a missing sense to electronic communication.

Push Pull

Push Pull

Push / Pull (2003) is an installation by Edwin van der Heide and Marnix de Nijs.

HugShirt

HugShirt

The "HugShirt" by CuteCircuit transfers the feeling of being hugged at a distance.

Mobile Feelings

Mobile Feelings

"Mobile Feelings" is an interactive art work by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau (2004.)

EVENT

Wiretap 5.09 - Phantom Bodies

Wiretap 5.09 - Phantom Bodies
26
Sep 1999

A program about the relation between body and phantom body, and between body and machine, with Marnix de Nijs (NL), Phoebe Sengers (US) and Stahl Stenslie (NO).

Telephonic Arm-Wrestling

Telephonic Arm-Wrestling

"Telephonic Arm-Wrestling" (1986 & 2011) is a work by Norman White and Doug Back.

CyberSM

CyberSM

CyberSM is a project by Stahl Stenslie from 1993.

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