Scientists believe that touch is the first sensation to develop in the uterus. It is also a very intimate sensory experience of interpersonal communication. Humans also give meaning to gestures, with the most intimate and frequent gestures enacted on the touchscreens of our phones. What happens if these habitual gestures are used between people?
Intimate Touch aims to create a situation in which skin is a social space, gesture is an interactive mode and sound is a feedback mechanism. This project puts sensory experience, social contact and emotion on the same latitude with the intention of improving tangible and face-to-face interaction and happiness. It also allows people to think about and weigh the meaning of both forms of communication.
In this mobile age, people cannot live without mobile phone, it is like an external organ of human being. The most intimate and frequent touches are given to the mobile phones rather than to families and friends. With the deepening of mobile life, the behavior of mobile phone operation even turns into an involuntary action, checking and playing with the mobile phone from time to time, even if there is no message need to be replied, or we are not looking for any useful information. Like written language, gesture has been endowed different meanings in different areas. Sign language is one the earliest language human use in history, and it is still widely used as a means of communication.
In the context of changing interpersonal communication patterns, by relating the effects of habitual and addictive behaviors, starting with cell-phone digital gestures, is it possible to use the affordances of these habitual digital gestures to create new behaviors that promote tangible contact?