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Touchscreen tactility: dexterity and material textures from the avant-garde to Instagram

Monday, 23 September 2019, 10 – 11am

Touchscreen tactility: dexterity and material textures from the avant-garde to Instagram

A discussion led by Dr Jennifer O'Meara as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

This talk identifies gestural trends in ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) videos on Instagram, where media objects foregrounding touch and texture are shared via specialist accounts and hashtags such as #satisfyingvideos. Building on theories of touchscreen interfaces, indexicality and haptic visuality, Jennifer O'Meara historicizes the filming of dexterous hands interacting with soap and slime in relation to avant-garde film and synaesthesia.

Jennifer O’Meara is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, where she specializes in digital theory and practice. She has published on a diverse range of film and media topics in venues such as The Velvet Light Trap, Cinema Journal, Celebrity Studies, and The New Soundtrack. Her monograph, Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2018. She is currently completing a monograph on women’s screen voices in the digital era.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Ruth Barton

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