• Feelers

    Feelers (2013): bleached muslin, 3 x wooden frames, electrode pads, Teensy 2.0,  Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting BR30 Starter Pack, Macbook Pro + Processing

    Feelers is an interactive installation with game elements that quantifies physical contact. Skin to skin contact between the two participants transforms the environment to reflect the amount they are touching. None to little contact causes the space to fill with cold colors, whereas lots of contact bathes the space in warm hues. Participants are attached to the installation and instructed to match colored lights and the frequency of two sine waves by varying the area and pressure of skin contact.  Spectators are treated to a voyeuristic display of the players’ actions that possesses the quality of a foreign ritual. Feelers invites participants and spectators to explore each other’s bodies and investigate the notions of personal space.

    Feelers is funded in part by the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier.

    Feelers on Github