Session 1.2.6: PANEL: Adventures in Haptic Design II

PANEL: Adventures in Haptic Design II
11:30, Thursday 6 May 2021 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Break   01:00 PM to 01:30 PM (30 minutes)
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Organizer: David Parisi, College of Charleston, USA

  • Lauren Hayes, Arizona State University, USA

  • Mark Paterson, University of Pittsburgh, USA

  • Jessica Rajko, Wayne State University, USA

Haptics technology has had a long life in the popular imagination, promising to give us the power to touch and feel over electronic communication networks. Such devices, whether using vibration, electricity, compressed air, temperature, or force feedback to stimulate touch, bring with them the potential to create a range of affective, aesthetic, and epistemic tactile experiences to complement and in some cases disrupt the audiovisualist ordering of the mediated sensorium. At the same time, the practices of physical distancing adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for these technologies that would also us to touch from a distance increasingly pressing, with narratives circulating in the popular press identifying a shared experience skin hunger’ during the pandemic. These Roundtables bring together designers, artists, social scientists, theorists, and historians to explore the possibilities, promises, and challenges of technologically mediating touch.

Arizona State University
Assistant Professor of Sound Studies
College of Charleston
Wayne State University
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh

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