The research was born out of a simple question: how can the virtual - in its most abstract and philosophically fluid understanding - be materially felt in interaction? Within the timeline of an emerging practice, I sought the means by which digital interfaces could be re-appropriated to enable an affective (non-verbal) understanding of complexity. Through tinkering with coding, prototyping physical computer interactions, and designing experimental interfaces, A Touch on Relation was an attempt to understand the thresholds between the tangible, the virtual, and the incorporeal in affective interactions.
What role do emotional responses play in the abstract sense of touch? How can the virtual be visualized and hacked into as a space of possibility within knowledge? How might interaction with everyday objects be transformed by the technological embodiment of affect? How can intangible relations be sensed and made sensible through the re-appropriation of emerging technologies?
This research was initiated as part of the BA program in Design at the State University of São Paulo (BR), and continued through collaborations with various studios and artists over the course of four years. Specific credits and acknowledgements can be found within each project.