Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Touch + Art: Aaron Sherwood


Aaron Sherwood has created an interactive fabric surface through "different ‘modes’ of light projected onto a taut membrane of spandex which then reacts kinetically in response to touch".  The light creates both movements and sounds reacting to the kinetic touch in a very interesting and creative manner. 

Sound Artist: Jacob Kirkegaard "4 rooms"


Jacob Kirkegaard is the artist behind "4 rooms", which is a compilation of four recordings of four separate empty rooms: a church, gymnasium, swimming pool, and an auditorium; these recordings deal with a "sonic experience of time" and most importantly, sound.

Touching soft .

As finding examples of installation by artists who work with sound on Youtube, I found this interesting sculpture that when viewers touch it gently, they will hear sounds from the sculpture.


Things I came across

This is a link to a great academic journal called The Senses and Society that I found through the library database. It relates to the sensations, the intelligible sense, and art theories and philosophies about them.

And this is the calm.com website I mentioned for meditation/relaxation if anyone is interested. 

Freud + Dali

Freud's idea of reviling emotional disturbance by experimenting with free associations. to make connections with other's mentally to see how they react to certain words. i want to use sound and objects to do this not words.  Dali invented a technique that was inspired by Freud studies of the mind called Paranoiac- critical method. using objects to mentally make associations with other objects that are usually not linked. for example melting watches, a watch and Camembert cheese.

80 mesh - the shape of sound: music visualized with sand

   I found this art work that is much similar to what Christine Sun Kim did that making a divice for sound itself to creating shapes. Instead this time the artist used sand on top of the platform.


I went through 3 books from the library and 3 journal articles online this week. I will list interesting information I came across:

- Feeling takes places in the second layer of skin and not the topmost.

-Sense of touch is the first to emerge and the last to burn out among the senses.

-Babies who are regularly massaged/touched gain weight 50% faster. They are more active, more alert, responsive, aware of their surroundings. They orient faster and are more emotionally in control.

-Sense of self has mostly to do with the the sense of touch and how one "feels"

-Amadou Hampate Ba says:
Learn to listen to silence and you will discover it's music. 



Amelia. "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Cooperation, and Homelessness - Scent-Free London." Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Cooperation, and Homelessness. Weebly, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://scentfreelondon.weebly.com/1/post/2012/03/multiple-chemical-sensitivity-cooperation-and-homelessness.html>.
Brassfield, Marissa. "From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising." From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising. Trendhunter, 9 July 2009. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/homeless>.

Brett, Matt. "How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent DIY." Light Tent. Digital Photography School, 2012. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
Kirr, Keoki. "Bus Stop Moved To Avoid Homeless Woman's Smell." Kitv.com. KITV, 13 July 2011. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.<http://www.kitv.com/Bus-Stop-Moved-To-Avoid-Homeless-Woman-s-Smell/-/8906042/5344248/-/jaikay/-/index.html>

Interesting: I was creating my own inflatable house when I found this article on the Smell of homeless. The smell of homeless is usually not found or could not be described other than the mixture of armpit, grandma's soup, and puke. I found that hard to do however I decided to use wind and space as sounds and space to create my piece now. Probably to show statics on how many ignore real needy homeless people around one chicago street corner. The site I found interesting is that the homeless people are the nice civil people and yet the people who stares and glance are the racist, sexist and mean ones. Giving and sharing is the simple life standard of peace in this world, yet no one thats not homeless seem to realize it. It seems like the common people are the animals and the homeless are the real humans to me in a way

Monday, March 25, 2013


Depends on which food people are eating, it creates different sound. Through research, I learned that pleasant sounds can increase people's enjoyment of the meals.

Conflict Between Race and Culture

What Kind of Asian Are You?

Young Asians in America come in many forms. Below are the major categories. Most Asians fit into multiple groups. For example, Rice-boys can also be Fobs and many Tabs are Fobulous. The only groups that are never part of another group are the Twinkies and the Asian-Americans. When you see your Asian friend, you greet them with "Wassup Fob!" And if your Asian friend says something ridiculous, say "Fob please!" Of course, when a non-Asian calls you a Fob, that is grounds for a fight. Ahahaha...


  • Your significant other is not Asian and never has been.
  • You have few Asian friends, if any.
  • You are embarrassed at family events because you cannot speak your language and everyone has to switch to English to communicate with you.
  • You have no idea that the other types of Asians on this list even exist.
  • You think Hello Kitty is dumb and do not know what Sanrio is.
  • You are the only Asian on this list that does not know what Bubble Tea is.
  • You drive a Ford or some other domestic car and if you drive a Honda, it is stock.


  • You claim yourself as Asian, but real Asians think you're whitewashed and non-Asians see you as a foreigner. You fit in nowhere.
  • You have heard of Bubble Tea but have never actually had any.
  • You are confused about your cultural identity and express this frustration through spoken word performances at your college.
  • You read A. magazine and think it's great.
  • You do not know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, or Kangta are.
  • You are only vaguely aware of the other Asians below.

Fob (Fresh Off the Boat)

  • You were not born in America.
  • You know who Leon, Aaron, Sammi, Hikki, and Kangta are. In fact, you have seen them at Atlantic City or Las Vegas recently.
  • You speak your native language fluently and so do all your friends.
  • You do not have any non-Asian friends.
  • Your parents do not speak any English.
  • When you speak English, you like to make everything plural.
  • You get extremely good grades in school.
  • You cannot dance.
  • Your fashion sense comes from whatever country you're from and you incorporate nothing from American fashion into your wardrobe.


  • Your command of the English language is minimal and you don't care.
  • You like dim sum chicken feet.
  • You do not own a single CD, VCD, Video game, or DVD that isn't bootlegged.
  • Your only hangout is Chinatown.
  • All the lights in your house are fluorescent.
  • You dry your clothes outside your window.
  • You need a haircut.
  • You either smell like cigarettes or food.


  • You are an Asian-American or Twinkie who has recently "awoken".
  • You have a newly found fetish of Asian girls/boys.
  • You have taken the Asian Studies course at college.
  • You are trying to learn as much as possible about your culture to make up for your lifetime of trying to be white.

Gangsta Fob

  • If you are lucky, you will grow to become Fobulous Gangsta Fob.
  • You have shot another Asian.
  • Your favorite hangout is a pool hall.
  • When you talk, you sound like a cross between a Fob and an urban black kid.
  • Your hair looks silly, but no one will tell you because you'll shoot them.
  • You have a serious gambling problem.
  • You are a Rice-boy, but your mods are cheap and are never painted to match the rest of your car.
  • No one tells you your rice ride looks cheap because you'll shoot them.
  • You want to have a Tab girlfriend.

Tab (Trendy Asian Bitch)

  • You shop at A/X, Bebe, Banana Republic and Club Monaco.
  • You only wear black and will occasionally wear white to "mix it up".
  • You do not weigh more than 105 lbs.
  • You have never paid for dinner at a restaurant in your life.
  • Platform heels are your favorite.
  • You are a makeup expert, in fact, you appear completely flawless.
  • You do not smile in public.
  • You are the object of desire of all Asian men and you know it.
  • You smoke.
  • Your cell phone is completely customized.
  • On the inside flip of your cell phone is a sticker pic of you and your man.
  • Somewhere in your purse is a Sanrio item.
  • You only date Asian and will only date a boy with a nice car.
  • You are often seen with Rice-boys.
  • You never travel alone. You are either in the company of other Tabs or your Rice-boy boyfriend.

Hoochie Tab

  • You are an import car model.
  • Your boobs are not real.
  • There are naked pictures of you floating around on the internet somewhere.
  • Stiletto heels are your favorite.
  • Your role models are and .
  • Your boyfriend is a Gangsta Fob.
  • You cheat on your boyfriend.
  • Unlike most Asians, you do not do well in school.


  • You drive an Asian import. Usually a Honda or Acura.
  • Your souped up car (known as a Rice-ride or Rice-rocket) is unrecognizable from it's original stock form.
  • Your exhaust pipe is big enough for your head to fit in.
  • The spoiler on your car looks like it was made by Boeing.
  • The interior of your car also looks like it was designed by Boeing.
  • You always drive like you are racing someone.
  • You are not afraid of dying in a crash, but you are afraid of speed bumps and parking lot on-ramps.
  • The only other person besides yourself who can sit in your car is your 105 lbs Tab girlfriend. If anyone else sits in your car, the entire bottom of it will be touching the ground.
  • Even though your car is a Honda, it goes faster and is worth more than a Lotus Esprit.
  • If you drive a Civic, your dream car is a Supra. If you drive a Supra, your dream car is a Skyline (which you can never have).


  • You speak perfect English and you are fluent in your native language.
  • You have Asian friends as well as non-Asian friends.
  • You listen to Asian pop as well as American music.
  • You are equally aware of both popular American culture and Asian pop culture.
  • You are a good dancer.
  • You date Asian by choice even though you could rock the opposite sex of any other race.
  • You are a good designer and have superior HTML skills.
  • You have an page AND an AA page and the guest books in both are packed.
  • For you, FOB stands for Fabulous Oriental Being.
  • You have lots of Asian pride.



“Being Chinese American and embracing the ‘Twinkie.’” Interviews with Christy Wong. 25 June. 2008 Chicago Tribute Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

Bich Minh Nguyen. “Goodbye to My Twinkie Days.” New York Times 17 Nov. 2012: Web. 25 Mar. 2013.

Lee, Stacey J. Unraveling the “model minority” stereotype: listening to Asian American youth, New York: Teachers College Press, 1996. Print. 

Touch and Textile

Haptic art 
Touch is the sense which relates to textile. This website is a group show. Artists use their own way to make "Haptic art".

The relationship between sound and taste?


This article discusses and experiments with the idea and relationship on how sound can manipulate our ability to taste in many different ways. More specifically, they did tests on people who would a certain food with a dominant flavor(s), while listening to whatever sound they were given. Strangely and incredibly enough, it did affect peoples' experiences and reactions to the manipulated tastes.

smells like art

check out Christophe Laudamiel's exhibition called Phantosmia - All but the Smell. Phantosmia means the sensation of smell without physical stimulus, based off of which he created these scent sculptures asserting that scent is an autonomous art form and that it doesn't need the physical aid.
The artist is actually a perfume maker who designs scents for brands. 


I did a simple test to my friend. I asked her to listen the cooking sound and I released the smell of tomato souse and nail polish remover. Her reaction was interesting. She said when she smell the tomato souse, she thought I 'm cooking. However when she sense the nail polish remover, she said it felt strange, because she just smell the tomato souse. Also she said I was doing strange experiment to her because of the nail polish remover.

Recipe for Facial Ice

I went to a dermatologist once for my face and she gave me this recipe to freeze:

Boil 1L of water and a bundle of parsley for a while.
Add a handful of chamomile, a wisp of rosemary, and a wisp of sage. Let it cool.
Squeeze 3 lemons into the mix.
Add 1 small bottle of chamomile oil, half a bottle of lemon oil, and a quarter bottle of rose oil and mix.
Apply to face every morning.

And here is a creepy picture off the internet:


Ann Hamilton is one of my favorite artists. This is one of her older projects from 1999 called Myein which she made for the Venice Biennale. It incorporates both sound and touch (I think also smell). It is at the United States Pavillion where the walls inside are covered with braille text from Charles Reznikoff's Testimony: United States, and there is a voice recording playing which reads Abraham Lincoln's second Inaugural Address in phonetic code. Check it out. 

Sound Piece by Byoungho Kim

Link to the entire collection.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

PTC Experiment

In reviewing the research I've already done and the results I got, I found myself most interested in the parents of the families who participated, and why more children than parents had the gene to taste. This is Didi, the only parent so far who had the gene.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Making Sensory 3/19

WRITE (and print): a Bibliography of the main research sources (at least 4) you will use to develop your work for this week. If you need help with MLA-style citation, refresh your memory HERE or use EasyBib with care.
POST: one interesting thing (in your own words) that you found in this week’s research. Include proper citation or a hyperlink, if it’s something you found online. If it’s something coming from your own research post a photo!
* ALL  materials you will need for the day! Please make a list and plan ahead.
  You may NOT use class studio time to go and get tools or materials.
* printed copies of Bibliography and key Research (books, articles, etc)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Making Sensory 3/12

So, this week the plan is:

READ: Arning Essay from "What We Want is Free"
WRITE: Proposal for Independent Projects using the form provided via email. Typed, edited and printed proposals are due at the beginning of class. You will also present your proposal to the class for feedback, so come prepared with models / visual (or other sensory) aids to explain your idea clearly!
BEGIN: research or experimentation that may help in developing your project idea. For many of you, just doing a trial run or reading up on some background information may help shape a project idea that feels vague at the moment.

also... NOT required, but for those of you who expressed an interest in the idea of the blind seeing with their tongues (!) today, here's the video I was talking about, below, and a related article that expands on the idea of "mixed feelings" and potentially new sensory experiences.

Wired Science Mixed Feelings from Linda Feferman on Vimeo.

Amber, Nicole, & Erin - touch public interaction

Public Touch Art: Amber, Nicole, & Erin

Here is a link to the video documentation of our piece. 

Mind If I Touch

Mind If I Touch- Project by An Goofy and Molly

-Video Project Documentation of Touch

Monday, March 11, 2013

Touch Project

The Touch Project Video

So, we went around and asked people first how it feels to touch paper towels or napkins, and then asked different people to describe the feeling when they put their hands in the bag and touched napkins. It was very difficult for most of them to describe it because the sense of touch is not much associated with words and touching paper towels is not really something we think about but also something that we do so often.

Touch the private

Touch Project

Hayoung and I covered the handle of a trash can with a think layer of gel hand sanitizer and stood back to watch people's reactions as they went to throw away garbage. We figured that the common reaction to a cold, wet, gooey mystery substance on a trash can would immediately make people freak out, the way Covey said he doesn't like touching liquid he can't see. And sure enough, we watched a woman go to throw away a coffee cup and she was very shocked when she touched the handle; she looked disgusted and upset, so we decided to go over and explain that it was actually hand sanitizer, so it was cleaning her hands, rather than infecting them with whatever conclusion her mind had jumped to. She laughed at that, but was still disgusted by it, especially because of the element of surprise. She wished us luck on our project but refused to have her picture in it.

Touching Art


Sound with Color


This is so interesting because different colors has different tone of the sound. So it is visually interesting and sound is interesting too.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Making Sensory 3/5 - TOUCH!

This week's list:

READ for discussion:
* Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses Touch excerpt
* Helen Keller's "The Seeing Hand"

Collaborative social engagement projects with your teams for next week. Remember these guidelines:
* the Garfield Conservatory = point of departure/starting point (but can evolve from there)
* TOUCH should be a central theme. Remember - touch is not limited to touching an object or texture with the hands/fingers. See last week's reading as well as this week's for ideas!
* must involve interaction with audience NOT connected with the school, and outside any  school/dorm building.

POST: documentation (video, photo, and/or audio) of the finished project with some text explanation. We will present in class next week!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Interactive Installation Artwork by Robert Stratton

Robert Stratton does interactive video installation pieces on city buildings, mostly in New York where he happens to be based. 

People are drawn to interacting with it as they walk along the sidewalk.

A sign in space


Gunilla Klingberg

            A Sign in Space, sandprint at Laga beach, Sense & Sustainability, Art biennale, Urdaibai, Spain. 
A graphic star-pattern composed of truck tires is printed as a relief on the sand at Laga beach during low tide. At high tide the pattern will slowly vanish as the tide rises.
The printed pattern is made with a mechanical device, a manufactured steel-cylinder, with the graphic pattern as a matrix relief made of truck tires. The cylinder is connected to the beach cleaner tractor which drives from side to side of the beach in the morning, creating the pattern covering the whole beach area.
Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide. The work A Sign in Space is performed on dates when the tidal calender is synchronized with the the beach cleaners early morning working schedule- the pattern will be created on days when the low tide hour fits the labour working hours.
Dates when A Sign in Space will be performed at Laga beach:
On morning hours (9-12 am): 19th, 20th, 30th and 31st July. 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 30th and 31st August. 14th and 15th September.

 This work reminds me childhood. This work is interactive, temporary and universal. It could be affected by many things; people, wind, tide  the pattern will change constantly as people walk around the beach and kids play with sand, so the work will look different every moment. The most beautiful moment is when it vanishes as the tide rises, so the work will be remembered by experience and texture. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

touch, way of communication.

Art for the Blind – why are they excluded?

I feel so passionate about the fact that art should be accessible for all, not just for the visually able! How sad it is to see Art Galleries set out with most of the paintings on walls, often behind glass – but very much out of reach? I respect the fact that not all Art can be viewed and experienced by a visually impaired person, but i feel that there should be more places/venues catering for this sector of society, as well as many other disabilities, and also that they should be incorporated into everyday exhibitions rather than standing out as being something catering for the less able.We do so often highlight and disable people in our society when we need to be more inclusive. Also why do we think that the only way to view art is through the eyes? what about our other senses? To touch a piece of art, to smell it, to hear it…and maybe even to taste it (although not sure how that one would work) would be amazing!
For those of us who are blessed with sight maybe we could close our eyes for a while and journey around the exhibition ourselves, heightening our other senses as we remove the distractions caused by the critical eye?
I will endeavour to look into this further to address this issue.I am interested in textured inclusive art, but may also look into incorporating light (as some visually impaired people can recognise light) the use of colour, smell, and sound – in the hope that i can address the imbalance in equality, and the noticable discrimination some disabled people must feel.
I think this issue will become the main focus of my professional development practice, and something i will work on over the next three years i am at uni.

The image below is of an interactive art piece , which looks great fun!

Tactile Art

Tactile Art


The artist tries to connect tactility with visual, making different texture on 2D work( painting) and 3D work(installation, sculpture) Actually,  when I did painting, I try to use pigment to make texture on the canvas.
Here are some works from the artist. Check the website to get more information.

According to this article, there is a difference in touch sensitivity between the sexes. Women are more predetermined to have more tactile sensation due to the size of their fingers, having their nervous system  more acute towards touch. This is because tinier fingers are more likely  to have their sensory receptors closer together, resulting on more/ and faster sensation. I found this article very interesting, due to the fact that not only our bodies are different, but the idea that a gender can be more susceptible to a sense is extremely interesting. 



BlindArt is a charitable organisation based in the UK whose aim is to encourage participation and interaction of the visually impaired in the sighted domain of the visual arts.”


Jelly Balls

The Jelly ball is made raise bamboo sticks in house but it also use for decoration and maintain certain humidity. Before using this ball to decoration or whatever you want, you must soak them water for six hours.

The texture is interesting, because it feels like your touching a frog eggs. Visually, it looks pretty glass beans but the texture is slippery and slightly wet.

Touch Art Show

Ahmet Ustunel is a blind artist who talks about the frustration of going to an art gallery and not being able to experience the artwork through sight, the way it is intended, and not being allowed to touch it to experience it the way he learned to experience visual things. He organized a Touch Art Show that focuses on the sense of touch because he believes touch is "our most reliable sense". The work in the show is displayed in cardboard boxes, where it can be felt and not seen.

Touch Art Show


Touching of A Cute Mole
Understanding Sense of Touch

Creepy Touch =_=

Creepy Touch-More on the Funny Side

The first video I saw was about a Mole that was cute to me... so I posted it. Plus you can see how it feels and touches things to shape form in his mind.
The second video was more informative... which was less exciting for me , but useful/knowledgeable...

The Third video is a funny video for me... but very true.....(Its showing relations on a creepy side)
All three of these are inspirations for me for different ideas of projects I could do.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


WHEN TOUCH ASSOCIATES WITH SOUND. http://vimeo.com/60554403