Haptic City is an abstract city map, which responds to touch by emitting sound and light through its embroidered sensors and actuators. The project is realised through a series of workshops. The participants learn how to prototype and build DIY electronics on textiles using various components, in order to design and trigger a primitive digital soundscape.
Haptic City questions how cities function, which areas are important and why, what needs change, how does it all connect. Participants are invited to subvert the collective and personal memory of the city and get emotionally and playfully involved, thus opening up a dialogue. We aim to initialise this project in different cities around the world. We wish to create offline exhibitions and discussions, as well as an open archive online, in order to document the map-making and to gather questions about urban identity, functionality and participation.