Critical Writing Index

Video Haptics and Erotics

by Laura U. Marks

Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, 2002, pp. 1-20

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002

This essay examines how video can be haptic and explores the eroticism to which the haptic image appeals. Although many visual media are capable of these qualities, it is interesting to see how the electronic medium of video can have this tactile closeness, given that it is generally considered to be a distanced and "cool" medium. Through exploring the tactile qualities of video itself and the relationship between the viewer and the image, a multisensory or a fullness of experience is attempted. A visual erotics is examined as a respect for otherness and concomitant of loss of self in the presence of the other. Marks clearly examines sense perception and the levels of possible engagement within the medium of video and within the limits of visuality.

ITEM 2002.116 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

It Wasn't LoveSadie Benning

Forward, Back, Side, Forward AgainSeoungho Cho

PickpocketRobert Bresson

Felicia's JourneyAtom Egoyan

400 SeriesLeslie Peters

In the PresentPhyllis Baldino

Nano-CadabraPhyllis Baldino

Sinar Durjana (Wicked Resonance)Azian Nurudin

Bitter Strength; Sadistic Response VersionAzian Nurudin

Glass JawMichael O'Reilley

Haptic NerveDave Ryan

The Address of the EyeVivian Sobchack

Her Sweetness LingersShani Mootoo

Measures of DistanceMona Hatoum

Seeing Is BelievingShauna Beharry

DiastoleInes Cardoso