Hapticity can be understood as that which evokes a kinaesthetic responsiveness. The concept unfolds a lexicon of physicality, encompassing processes of resistance, collision, and permeation — essentially, the encounter and relationality between one surface and another, one entity and another. Beyond its literal significance, the concept resonates of wider understandings of touch and inscription — experiences that reverberate long after the initial encounter, the materiality of the immaterial. Memory, trauma, collective imagination, affect, social codification and rituals are all embedded with traces of haptic encounters.

We are a nomadic, cross-disciplinary arts and research collective founded in The Netherlands, working in Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague, with ever-growing connections further afield. We set out to create dialogue between diverse strategies of contemporary artistic practice and other fields of knowledge and cultural engagement.

Our activities include organising pop-up lectures and screenings, exhibitions, and a forthcoming journal.