Cringe – The Anticipation of Touch

Video, sound, still images

First-year students from the Photography department

Cringe – The Anticipation of Touch is an investigation into the subconscious, pre-programmed, visually, and sonically informed anticipation of touch. The project works with immersive 3D binaural sound recordings, as used in ASMR videos in combination with video footage of everyday domestic actions. How can an image or a sound evoke a physical reaction, make our hair stand on end, or give us an adrenaline rush? Personal space is de ned by physical proximity. Sound, however, is suggestive, and capable of shifting imaginary distances. In this work, the anticipated moment of recognition is met with a surreal sense of the unfamiliar, while the juxtaposition of image and sound provokes the senses.

Keywords: Phantom Sensitivity