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  • Haptic Aesthetics: Don't Stand So Close to Me

Faust, Chantal, 2016, Conference or Workshop, Haptic Aesthetics: Don't Stand So Close to Me at Transimage Conference, Plymouth, UK, 1-3 July 2016.

Abstract or Description:

In On Touching (2000), Derrida dwells on the loving gaze and wonders: ‘can eyes manage to touch, first of all, to press together like lips?’ For Laura Marks, the ‘haptic is a form of visuality that muddies intersubjective boundaries’… it is ‘predicated on closeness, rather than the distance that allows the beholder to imaginatively project onto the object’. Deleuze describes a new clarity that comes from ‘the formation of a third eye, a haptic eye, a haptic vision of the eye’.

Relating to the sense of touch, haptic visuality implies an intimate form of looking, where meaning is formed with the graze of the eye over an object. What can it mean to see through touch? What does touch look like? Can we touch in order to see and what happens when the two senses of touch and sight join together? This paper explores themes of subjectivity and haptic vision, the trace and the surface, visibility, touch and the untouched.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 11:42
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 11:42
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2820

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