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Haptic Narratives | Textural exploration in film

Call for Participation
films / short papers / view & talk sessions
Event dates (over 3 weeks on Thursday evenings)
14th, 21st and 28th May 2015, 18:00 - 21:00
University of Greenwich

‘In haptic seeing, all our self rushes
up to the surface to interact with
another surface...’

L. U. Marks,
Haptic Visuality: Touching with the Eyes

Maya Deren | Meshes of the Afternoon


How to submit

This series of events will focus on exploring and engaging with haptic sensations through tactile cues on film
and the environments associated with moving images.
What the eye sees in a frame can encourage the viewer
to feel sensations on the skin through filmic texture,
contour, angle, lighting, saturation, sound, vibrations etc.
In some cases, an image can urge the viewer to touch a
surface through their mind’s eye or allow an embodied
reaction to characters or actions seen on screen.

In the first instance, we would like to receive 300 word
abstracts or descriptions, attaching any visual material
necessary by Friday 17th April 2015. Please don’t attach
files over 10 MB; instead include links to online material,
or use file transfer websites.

We are interested in submissions (films / short papers /
view & talk sessions) around the areas of:

sensations that can be felt on/via skin, other body
parts and mind as part of filmic experiences.
other representations of the tactual, where vision
becomes touch / touch becomes vision.
how senses are manipulated in various genres and
styles of film through material engagement.
the body in motion; eating, sweating, sex, violence,
emotional outburst etc.
materiality and texture of sound / sound-image
a multisensory approach to synesthesia and
material fetishism
real, unreal and the surreal

Submissions should be sent to: with
‘Haptic Narratives’ in the subject line.
Accepted submissions will be divided into separate
themes that will be explored over the three events.
This event series is sponsored by the ‘Time, Materiality
and the Digital’ (TiMaDi) research group at the University
of Greenwich, and organised by Matilda Mroz, Isil Onol,
Stacey Pitsillides, and Rosamund Davies.