Touch in Real Tine

On 4 November 2012 tagged , , , , ,

As many of you know, I have been working on a project called “Touch in Real Time” exploring the power of touch through the act of shaking hands. This dovetails into my ongoing interest in art and science and now, specifically the intersection of art and behavioral neuroscience.

Participants will shake my hand after a wet piece of clay has been placed between their hand and mine. I will hold onto their hand and wait 10-15 seconds for the bonding hormone, oxytosin, to be released into our bodies. The clay will have an imprint of their hand and my own, which will become part of an installation exhibited in the fall of 2013 at the Society for Contemporary Craft downtown One Mellon Gallery space in Pittsburgh, PA.

I have been following up afterwards by talking to Dr.Greg Siegle, a cognitive affective neuroscientist that I am working with to understand some of the physical dynamics of this interactive experience. I am calmed down but also later enervated. It seems to be affective emotionally for both the participant and myself too.

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