Mapping Touch & Touchscapes

“Touch, also called tactition, mechanoreception or somatic sensation, is the sense of pressure perception, generally in the skin. There are a variety of nerve endings that respond to variations in pressure (e.g., firm, brushing, and sustained). (source)

Feeling Maps: Braille Maps

  • Texture of map represents (mostly) visible stuff in the environment



Feeling Places: Maps of Haptic Sensations

  • Texture of map represents texture / feeling of stuff in the environment


Non-geographic collage of textures/rubbings (source)

  • Denis Wood: “We rubbed everything I could put paper and a rubbing crayon on, concrete pavement, brick walks and walls, tree bark. We rubbed the sidewalk graffiti too, and of course all manhole covers, water meter covers and the like.”
  • can’t find an actual mapped example!



2 Responses to Mapping Touch & Touchscapes

  1. […] by recording your experiences through a number of means. You could explore your environments via touch, making rubbings of everything you feel as you walk through a given space. You may also use video […]

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