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The New Intimacy - Bodies, Objects and Spaces

Rethinking Closeness | Eva Visch

3D viewing room
Rethinking closeness
Eva Visch
This project is part of The New Intimacy - Bodies, Objects and Spaces

During COVID-19, proximity seems far away. Recorded routes take control of our movement through space. Plexiglass and screens feel cold. As a designer Eva Visch investigated how she could develop new materials that would enable people to be together and at the same time keep physical distance.

During COVID-19, proximity seems far away. Recorded routes take control of our movement through space. Plexiglass and screens feel cold. Alumni Eva Visch noticed that contact in the form of only seeing and hearing was not enough. One wants to feel the warmth and movement of the other. By working from home she started looking for softer ways of screening. A shield that does not create a distance but becomes a place for proximity and touch.

As a designer Eva Visch investigated how she could develop new materials that would enable people to be together and at the same time keep physical distance. The photographs of her project show the intimacy and importance of touch. Eva developed a material that is flexible, skin coloured, feels warm and stretches with movement of hugs or just the meeting of hand palms. At the start of the Black Live Matters movement she included in her research also the diversity of skin colours.