(impossible) intercontinental caress

The "intercontinental caress" is a telematic performance between Paris and New York using the sense of touch. Thanks to a specific interface [1] developed at the University of Technology of Compiègne it is possible to touch the other through the optic fibers going across the ocean. The performance explores what is at stake when intimacy (skin, caress) is mixed with advanced technology (interfaces and wires, algorithms, ...). Using a poetic performance language, the "intercontinental caress" aims at deconstructing the objective notions of time, space and body by introducing a wedge of desire and care.

The performance will take place on the 7th of May :

- at 2:30pm in New York (Fabrice Métais) at the Old School, 233 Mott St (Soho), (as part of the New Museum’s festival of ideas )

- and at 8:30pm in Paris (Annie Abrahams)
at la tapisserie,
13 rue Pétion (75011)

[1The MITT ("Module InterTact Tactos") is a human/machine interface dedicated to
tactile interactions with digital environements. Originally designed for blind people
to offer them access to computer graphic applications, it also allows some tactile
peer to peer relations. The MITT uses an FSR (Force Sensitive Resistor) matrix as an
input sensor and some dynamic braille stimulators as an output.
This device is developed in the CRED group (Cognitive Research and Enactive
Design) which is part of the CosTECH laboratory (Connaissance, Organisation et
Systemes TECHniques) at the UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France). Among others, Charles Lenay (Costech’s director), Olivier Gapenne (CRED’s director) and Dominique Aubert (programmer) have been intensively involved in the design of the MITT.