Touch Me Festival: Feel Better!

catalogue and reader

editors: Ivana Bago, Olga Majcen Linn, Sunčica Ostoić

Publication accompanying the second Touch Me Festival from 2008 includes exhibition catalogue of international authors working in arts and science field, and a reader of essays on the theme of happines, pleasure and hedonism. Touch Me exhibition attempts to immerse visitors into an interactive, synesthetic environment providing them with all kinds of sensual and sensory pleasures. In the second part of the publications, these notions are placed at the centre of theoretical discussions gathering philosophers, theoreticians, curators, artists and participants of festival conference.

CONTENTS

1. Intro
Kontejner – 6

2. Exibition and performances
Marcus Decker & Dietmar Offenhuber: From Dust Till Dawnn – 14
Spartak Dulić: The Box – 18
Food Hacking & Unicorn Precinct XIII: Freaky Delicious – 20
Demitrios Kargotis & Dash Macdonald: Dr. Whippy & In Your Hands – 24
Lenka Klimešova: Future Kiss – 28
Dalibor Martinis: 8/11 (Chapeau). Binary Comedy After Marx's 11th Thesis on Feruerbach – 32
Material Beliefs: Carnovorous Domestic Entertainment Robots; Vital Signs – 36
Monochrom: Globo – 40
Satoshi Morita: Sound Capsule – 42
Marnix de Nijs: Match and Smile – 46
Ana-Marija Paček: Oxygen as the Object of Pleasure – 50
Katarina Petrović & Milan Nenezić: God gives you pleasure – 54
Mika Satomi & Hannah Perner - Wilson: Massage Me – 58
Đorđe Smajlović: Feel Better T-Shirt – 62
Kal Spelletich: Sloth – 66
Stahl Stenslie: Artgasm & World Ripple – 70
Zoran Todorović: Laughter – 76
Silvio Vujičić: Sublimation – 78
Sonja Vuk: Be a Star Kit – 82

3. Cinema
Intro – 88

4. Symposium

intro_symposium – 94
David Pearce: Superhappines, ten objections to radical mood-enrichment – 100
Material Beliefs: Material Beliefs - open labs, speculative design, science and society – 134
Zoran Roško: Pleasure is the MacGuffin – 152
Todd McGowan: The escape from Enjoyment – 156
Mark Peterson: Touch, the 'New' spatialities and Pleasures of the Body – 170
Stahl Stenslie: Haptic Hedonism - a fiendish plot of the asthetic flesh – 184
Monochrom: Roboexotica – 210
Honor Harger: Corralling Qualia: Sensing in Radiophonic Space – 216
Kira O'Reilly: Feeling they have to touch (Fingering) – 218
biographies of participants and contributors – 220

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