March 21 + 22, 2020: PREASURE LAB [pressure, pleasure] @ Touchy Subject conference Copenhagen
For The Touchy Subject conference ALASKA will set up a PREASURE LAB [pressure, pleasure]. Inspired by the work of the US-American autism activist and animal scientist Temple Grandin, the lab investigates the effects and affects of physical pressure on the human body. Grandin built herself a hug machine when she was in college: she desired the feeling of being held yet felt overstimulated by human touch. The lab provides a number of newly designed hug machines that put pressure on different parts of the body. Participants interact with these devices and experience the sensuous and affective changes of being cared for by a machine.