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David Parisi

Dr. David Parisi’s research investigates the past, present, and future of touching with digital technologies. His new book Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) explores the technological transformations of touch necessary for the invention of touch-based computer interfaces. Opening with an examination of touch’s role in apprehending the mysteries of eighteenth century electrical machines, and closing with an analysis of new computing technologies that digitally synthesize haptic sensations, Archaeologies of Touch traces the iterative development of a technoscientific haptics across four centuries. Along the way, he shows how electric shock, experimental psychology, cybernetics, aesthetics, telemanipulation robotics, and virtual reality each participated in a reconceptualization of touch necessary for its integration into contemporary computing technologies. His research on tactility has been featured in forums such as The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Playboy Magazine, Computer Business Review, and Public Seminar.

As a leader in the emerging field of Haptic Media Studies, Dr. Parisi’s scholarship urges media scholars to reflect on touch’s importance to new and old media alike. Through his contributions to the fields of media archaeology, Video Game Studies, Sensory Studies, cybersex, and media history, Parisi has advanced a haptocentric account of media that brings increased attention to this long-neglected mode of experience. Bringing his previous research on haptics and together with his work on video game interfaces, Parisi’s next book will provide a history of the rumble feedback mechanism used to add touch sensations to video games.

Katherine Hayles

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Katherine Hayles : Public Lecture Thinking Design through Unthought: The Power of the Cognitive Nonconscious. Wed. Nov. 1, 2017, 6pm Where do good design ideas come from?  Recent research in neuroscience […]

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