This Project's

Research Team

Co-ordinators

External Collaborators

  • Maria Oshodi
  • Adam Spiers

Haptic Theatre

Theme: Ubiquitous Computing
Funding Agency: Technology Strategy Board, Creative Industries Fast Track


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The Question is an immersive theatre project that explores haptic technology in relation to navigation, perception and knowledge. This innovative collaboration between engineers, artists and academics invites participants to explore a tactile and audio environment in the pitch dark. Blind and sighted audience members will be guided by the Haptic Lotus, a hand held haptic device which uses robotics technology and infrared sensors to change its form in response to their journey through the installation. The Question focuses on the senses of touch and hearing, and locates the drama of the narrative in the body of each participant. The story is a fragmented recounting of an abstract blind character, struggling with scientific, philosophical and cultural questions of sensory translation, knowledge and the ultimate impact of these on individual identity. Janet van der Linden and Yvonne Rogers are working with Extant (the UK's only professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists), and Battersea Arts Centre (a space for cutting-edge theatre).