In a city where digital resources evolve through telecommunications, mobile apps, online maps, virtual and real meetings, someone may wonder where to look for the sensorial part of this experience. Haptic City is a way of gamifying our everyday experience, converting the action of reading a map to a sensorial experience that the public can synthesize and compose through tactile exploration and sound. With this work we would like to raise the awareness of our surroundings and focus on the city as a psychosomatic experience.
Haptic City is a mixed media installation. We think of it as a simulacrum, a sign without a referent. It is a haptic map embroidered on a fabric, with various electric currents, actuators and components, waiting to be triggered by the public. Haptic City is also inspired by Virilio’s thesis that the aesthetics of an era fascinated by speed and light is located in the lost moments of our everyday life, we are thus trying to recreate a moment to reflect about our understanding of everyday life in the city.