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Hold was a 2017 research project by Invisible Flock that explored touch and how its effects and our understanding of it can be enhanced by technology.


Working with participants in Liverpool who are living with dementia, and their families, the research aimed to open up a dialogue around our understanding of touch and how it is used and thought about in a care context.

Three custom-made pieces offered new ways in which technology can be used to capture, measure and help us better understand touch will be presented in this pop-up exhibition. From re-imagining the mobile phone as a sensory experience, a custom glove that measure how couples hold hands through to an augmented photo album, this exhibit was an invitation to interact with the objects and participate in the research and explore the findings before the data informs a new public art work in 2017/18. Hold was exhibited alongside examples of experiments with sensory technologies produced by our over-60s group, the Digital Ambassadors.

Hold is funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, in collaboration with Professor Nadia Berthouze (UCL).

Supported by FACT, Community Integrated Care and SURF group.

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