FSU Art Professor Holly Hanessian’s recent project Touch in Real Time is a social participatory activity ending in a series of exhibitions. It explores the intimate act of touch and its significance in a digitally mediated age. The latest exhibit is taking place at Lee Gallery at Clemson University from August 17-September 30.
The project focuses on re-creating a face-to-face, intimate and unmediated moment with another person through the act of holding hands with another person. Within their hands is a wet piece of clay creating an imprint from both participants’ hands. The act of holding hands often triggers the release of the neurotransmitter, oxytocin. Every clay handshake will be exhibited along with images and stories describing the project from a multi-disciplinary point of view, encompassing, neuroscience, social and cultural aspects.