TouchMe

ARTIST

blendid (Collective)

YEAR

2004

COUNTRY

Netherlands

MEDIA

Interactive Installation

TouchMe is an interactive installation that allows its users to create and contribute a personal image to the otherwise impersonal public space. Images that are created by interacting with a plate of frosted glass, remain a part of the piece and are displayed when no interactions occur for a given time.

Members of the public can interact with this piece by simply pressing a part of their body or objects against a frosted glass surface, leaving a kind of imprint for them and others to see. The interaction itself is entertaining, and an extra dimension is added as the results are kept as a permanent part of the installation. This installation can be scaled to record and display full size human bodies.

Biography

Blendid is an interaction design collective consisting of Thomas de Bruin, David Kousemaker and Tim Olden. After meeting at the HKU (Utrecht School of Art and Technology) they soon discovered a shared interest in experimental interfaces. Over the last years the three of them cooperated on a number of projects with satisfying results. After receiving their Masters degree in Interaction Design, they decided to team up to continue to develop their ideas and skills together.

Selected exhibitions:

2007 Beamlab Live, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
2006 Cinekid Festival, De Balie, Amsterdam
2006 Opening Pakhuis de Zwijger, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
2006 Clockwork @ Emerce Eday, Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek,
2006 STRP Festival, Strijp-S, Eindhoven
2005 Digifest/ New Voices, Ontario Science Centre, Canada
2005 Culturele Zondag, Stad onder Spanning, Utrecht
2004 EMMA Exposition, Utrecht School of Art & Technology, Hilversum