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The Kiss: Non-local Haptic Experiences
Monday, 02 November
15:45 - 18:00
Kobe Int’l Conference Center, Room 402, Level 4

The Kiss: Non-local Haptic Experiences

In the interactive video installation “The Kiss” (2014-2015), entangled by what is defined as a semi-material apparatus, couples are invited to perform a ‘nonlocal kiss’. Each one of the participants wears a small webcam onto his or her shoulder capturing images of their faces that will be interlaced via Arduino and Processing platforms integration. The couple is invited to stand, face to face from a distance of 2 (two) meters, on the top of two different silicone platforms where 12 (twelve) piezo films are installed. Despite the performers are actually not kissing, the kiss is performed in the projection. The sensors installed in the silicone platforms are located in the acupressure reflex points of the planar region of the feet. These points are related to body organs associated to the experience of being in love – the eyes, in the region close to the fingers; heart, liver, stomach, and lung, in the region related to the solar plexus; and the lower pelvic organs. Conceived as a poetic exploration of the very nature of mediated haptic experience, and, on the other hand, as a reference to the idea of non-local connectedness in quantum mechanics, the captured micro vibrations of the bodies, controls the transparence of the superposed videos. As more similar the vibrational values of each one of the performers, as more strong his or her lastingness in the projection and the emergence of a cinematographic kiss – like lovers do on silver screens.


Clarissa Ribeiro, UNIFOR
Milena Szafir, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

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