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Future Affair

Remote touch: let warm robotic fingers caress your arm. Can you enjoy this without prejudice?

Future Affair (detail of the caressing machine)

Future Affair is an immersive experience of blissful touch, touch without the threat of virus, without taboo or prejudice. Dima has created an altered space that marries robotics and aesthetic craftsmanship to bypass preconceived cultural norms.

Partly 'live' experiment, partly theoretical research.

This multimedia installation consists of two isolated hubs. One of the hubs contains a control panel sculpture, while the other hub houses the caressing machine: heated robotic silicone fingers that, once the consent button has been pushed, respond in accordance with the first hub’s interactive sculpture. Thus, it is the participants themselves who, upon entering these hubs, bring to life the defamiliarising sensory realm that is Future Affair. Their physical contact with the objects in each hub allows a thrilling abstracted communication to develop between participants.

This multidisciplinary project brings together engineers, craftspeople and design specialists from TU Delft whose input, channelled through Dima’s creative vision, transforms the viewer from passive spectator to vital symbiont. This transformation refracts touch through a new prism, challenging the current trend of ever-growing interpersonal distance within society. Can art and technology combine to open an altered space for a new dimension of touch?

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About Laura A Dima

Laura A Dima (Romania, 1991) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam. She has long been fascinated by touch as an essential aspect of human experience and how to develop new access modes to our oldest and deepest needs. She is engaged in thinking about touch as an essential aspect of bonding and emotional response. She alters spaces for audiences to have reconfigured experiences.

Future Affair installation

Future Affair (detail)

Future Affair (detail)

Future Affair installation

Canal area, de Melkfabriek, Kanaaldijk-Zuid 3 , Map No. F4
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Wheelchair accessible
Toilets available