Designing disruption for social touch, in public spaces of merging realities: A multi-sensory model

Karen Lancel*, Hermen Maat, Frances Brazier

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Can a multi-sensory model of disruption be designed for shared social touch in public space of merging realities? This paper presents a multi-sensory model for disruption design for shared social touch experience in public space of merging realities. This model is based on analysis of three different artistic orchestrations performed in the public space across the world. In these orchestrations participants' intimate and sensorial experience of social touch is purposefully disrupted and re-orchestrated. These orchestrations are designed to enable participants to feel, see, hear and share a disrupted touch experience, in the social context of the public space. The model provides as frame of reference for designing an experience of shared social touch, for scientists, designers and artists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-38
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Arts and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Design of disruption
  • Digital performance art orchestration
  • Engagement
  • Merging realities
  • Multi-sensory model for interaction
  • Public space
  • Shared experience of social touch
  • Social context


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