Touchy is a human camera – a wearable device that literally transforms a human being into a functioning camera. The device wearer is constantly “blinded” unless someone touches his/her skin that causes the shutters to open and restores the wearer’s vision. When physical contact is held for 10 seconds, the camera takes a “Touch-Snap”, which is displayed on the device’s LCD.
Online social technology loosens our social boundaries, yet equally dehumanizes physical communication. Connecting with people can now solely occur through our fingertips as convenient as offering a Facebook “Like” or a birthday wall post. Considering the urgency of such dehumanization, Touchy is devised to encourage offline communication through touch, eye contact and engaging activity of photography. The resulting touch-snaps remind us of the ephemeral richness of togetherness.
Touchy hybridizes the roles of humans and cameras by unifying their respective capabilities. The mechanical process of taking a photo is transformed into touch and eye contact. Touchy becomes a magnet for physical communication, which potentially turns itself into a social healing device, while the wearer is craved for touch in darkness, and one offers assistance through an effortless touch. It becomes possible to heal social problems such as social anxiety. Since Sept 2012, the artist has put himself into experiment throughout numerous performances. Thousands touch-snaps has resulted as the artist’s personal transformation.