Hapticity can be understood as that which evokes a kinaesthetic responsiveness. The concept carries 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.
Notes on Hapticity Collective is orientated around cross-disciplinary art and research strategies grounded in artistic processes. The collective was founded in 2020 and is presently based in The Hague. Through collaborations, printed matter and exhibitions, we set out to support contact between diverse methodologies in contemporary artistic practice and other fields of knowledge.