Tactile feedback – performance art event in Brisbane, exist@Metro Arts


Touch MachineAs a part of an ongoing collaboration between performance art initiative, Exist and Brisbane’s multi-disciplinary arts space, Metro Arts, artists Alrey Batol and Leif Gifford will be showcasing life performance and installation work exploring haptic relationships and giving new life to memories.

Both Batol and Gifford are Australian artists who have migrated to Australia, Batol from the Philippines and Gifford the UK, and their respective work often tests their feelings of disassociation.

Batol, a multi-disciplinary artist with intersecting interests across the mediums of intervention, new media and sculpture, will be presenting the interactive installation, Touch Machine. Drawing upon some of Batol’s signature approaches to exploiting technology for unpredicted ends, the work features hacked technologies that provide sonic response to incidents of human touch.

The tactile and the technological provide delicious contrast and congruence for modern-day audiences. On one hand, video games, mobile devices and personal computers all employ haptic feedback in increasingly ubiquitous and normalized ways. On the other hand, human touching and feeling, and the accompanying social interactivity implied in physical touch – particularly between strangers – seems to present something more dangerous and unexpected. Our phones may be on vibrate for each other, but when it comes down to it, Batol asks “how ready are we to touch and what do we expect will happen?”


Venue: Batol: Level 3 Foyer and Gifford: Studio 3.5
Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane
Opening Event: Friday 4th July 2014. Program 6pm
Tickets: Tickets are Free Free Free!
Further information:  www.existenceperformanceart.wordpress.com

Author: Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Eleanor Jackson is a former Editor in Chief and Poetry Editor of Peril and currently Chair of the Board.

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