Jenny Dunseath & Kate Squires
“Emulation is posited in the first place in the form of a mere reflection, furtive and distant; it traverses the spaces of the universe in silence. (...) And in this duel, the two confronting figures seize upon one another. Like envelops like, which in turn surrounds the other, perhaps to be enveloped once more in a duplication which can continue ad infinitum.”
Foucault, M. The Four Similitudes, Chapter 2: The Prose of the World from The Order of Things (1970)
As we look at the screen, only the touch of our fingers on the keyboard connects our bodies. Are we emulating a non-human presence which in turn, emulates us?
Touch-Type tries to understand the disembodied experience of communication through digital mediation. The keyboard acts as a sensual touch pad, allowing fingers to extend into letters which when touched haunt the adjacent screen. The dissociatiedness in digital communication dwells in the intra-action of the human and non-human, of presence and absence of passivity and action. This interaction creates hiccups, stutters and confused breakdowns, allowing mis/communications to splinter off.
Touch-Type has been created by Jenny Dunseath and Kate Squires, edited by Chris Churcher with support from Claire Undy/ Skelf
There are sixteen films attached to the keys: A, S, D, F and J, K, L, ; most films have sound.
Choose to watch small or open in full screen.