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The Finger Rub Rug

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The Finger Rub Rug

The Finger Rub Rug is a multimedia installation consisting of a carpet made of 1300 lifelike silicone replicas of the fingers of the artist’s partner, placed in a dedicated room. The experience is emphasised by the spatial soundtrack which touches on different themes: erotic, scary, funny…

Touch is a magical power. As an expression of love it is fundamental – children need it to grow up healthy. At the same time there always was, and will be, danger. Touching with the wrong intentions can lead to traumatizing experiences, and touch might lead to contamination.

Much is uncertain about the future, but it is clear that the 1.5 -meter society will give new meanings to our perception of touch. That change is just one aspect of a development that was set in motion at a much earlier time: in the digital age, we are used to touching our screens more often than those we love.

Is it possible to replace bodily touch with an inanimate material? What does a person’s touch say about his or her personality? Questions like these are what The Finger Rub Rug, a multimedia art installation is all about.

The Finger Rub Rug consists of a carpet of 1300 lifelike silicone replicas of the fingers of the artist’s partner, placed in a dedicated room. You may touch the fingers. They feel warm, thanks to a heating blanket under the installation.

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Laura A Dima

Laura A Dima is a multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015, Laura A Dima has been interested in how altered spaces can manipulate people in the audience. Fetishism is a binding factor in her work: she experiments with ways to transfer emotions through lifeless matter. Through her installations and performances, the artist invites the audience to rethink concepts of love, identity and privacy.