TAST, acronym for Transnational Activation of Simultaneous Touch, is an investigation into tactility and how we can play with our senses as explorers of new perceptions. It deals with questions like: How to communicate touch over a network? What does it mean to feel touch from a distance? It also questions communication patterns in the context of current societal topics and digital lifestyle.
In our current (post) covid-19 time frame, it is challenging to re-enact a work that addresses the absence of our tactile senses in online interaction. The internet is very well equipped to communicate text, image and sound, but the communication of touch over a network has not been explored much outside the academic world. How do we transfer the feeling of friendship, comfort, warmth, love, or sexuality over digital distance? How can we extend our bodily sensations? Bearing in mind that sensory perception also changes through our use of technology.
Short demonstration of TAST
The work has been exhibited at:
2022 ■ V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (NL – Rotterdam)
Transnational Activation of Simultaneous Touch is the result of a ‘Re-enacting the Archive Residency’ at V2_Lab and In4Art, focused on creating a re-enactment of Norman White and Duog Black ‘Telephonic Arm-Wrestling’ at V2_ in 1986 & 2011.
Marnix de Nijs is also supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL to realise the installation.