The Lab Project: Haptic Visuality Salon

20 Aug 2015

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12:00 – 18:00

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Kingsgate Project Space

London, United Kingdom


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  • Kilburn/West Hampstead
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Artist and filmmaker Tereza Stehíková presents an evening of films and discussion, exploring the use of the haptic within a diverse collection of film and video work, considering the multi-sensory and immersive effects that can be created through the moving image.


'The haptic image is in a sense, 'less complete', requiring the viewer to contemplate the image as a material presence rather than an easily identifiable representational cog in a narrative wheel.' - Donato Totaro, 'Deleuzian Film Analysis: The Skin of the Film', Off Screen

Haptic visuality encourages the spectator's whole body to experience the cinematic image, creating a relationship of active involvement. Focusing on filmic examples, this salon will also draw on the links between cinematic haptic visuality and recent research in neuroscience that probes the mechanisms underlying mirror-touch synaesthesia and "embodied" cognition.

Tereza Stehíková is an artist working primarily in moving image. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art, where she researched the tactile language of film. She is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research, exploring how the moving image can be used to capture and communicate multi-sensory experience and embodied memory. Stehíková is also a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster and a research coordinator at the RCA. She a founder of Sensory Sites, an international collective generating collaborative exhibitions and research projects that explore sensory perception and bodily experience. She also co-founded Artesian, a journal for committed creativity.

Join us as we delve into the visual techniques that can trick our perceptual systems into creating an active sensory experience!

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