Haptic Encounters Workshop

Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Useless Initiatives Collective members River Black, Jillian Crochet, and Beatriz Escobar lead a workshop that explores radical proxemics between bodies and objects. What is the meaning of human-to-human touch and proxemics in the age of touch screens? How do we attune our senses to the subtle experiences within our bodies, while inhabiting an urban world of sensory overload? Taking inspiration from artist Lygia Clark’s therapeutic work, we will incorporate contemporary discussions around boundaries and consensual touch to experience mundane objects with the full range of our senses.