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Light Industry: Touch Touch Touch Touch Feel

By Mike Everleth ⋅ April 27, 2009

Audience at Light Industry

April 28
7:30 p.m.
Light Industry
220 36th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY

Hosted by: Light Industry

“Touch Touch Touch Touch Feel” is a group of 13 short films curated by Abina Manning and Steve Reinke exploring the notion of videos being able to approximate the intimate sensation of touching by making the audience “feel.” From the curators’ statement:

Can one talk and feel at the same time? Yes, but not really feel: for that you need to shut up and close your eyes. This would seem to suggest that video is a particularly anti-haptic medium, as it tends to be full of talking and looking. But here are videos that elegantly suggest otherwise: they feel and, consequently you feel, I feel, we feel. (Touching optional.)

Here’s the full lineup of films:

Birthday Suit — with Scars and Defects, dir. Lisa Steele, 1974, 13 mins
One Same Same Thing, dir. Jan Peacock, 2003, 8 mins
El Diablo en la piel (Devil in the Flesh), dir. Ximena Cuevas, 1998, 5 mins
The Gardener, dir. Alex Grant, 2005, 5 mins
Exquisite Corpse, dir. Ernest Gusella, 1978, 8 mins
60 Unit: Bruise, dir. Paul Wong 1976, 5 mins
Forced Inanimate Connection: Climax Modeling, dir. Sterling Ruby, 2002, 7 mins
Baby, dir. Hester Scheurwater, 2006, 2 mins
Mama, dir. Hester Scheurwater, 2005, 3 mins
Show and Tell in the Land of Milk and Honey, dir. Dani Leventhal, 2007, 13 mins
Human Touch, dir. Sterling Ruby, 2001, 2 mins
Shuffle (excerpt), dir. Douglas Waterman, 1971, 5 mins
Spirograph #4, dir. Barb Webb, 2006, 1 min

Please visit the Light Industry website for more info.

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