Name, first nameFelicitas Katharina MerzYear of birth1990UniversityFHNWField of Interest / research fieldIconic ResearchTitle of projectImages beyond sight?AbstractAn investigation into the role of memory in tactile drawings.

In his book Memoirs of the Blind, philosopher Jacques Derrida emphasized that drawing beyond sight forces us to trust in memory and opens a lidless eye at the end of the fingertip during the drawing process.1 To perceive and draw an object with the help of our sense of touch, our tactile sense, is a new experience for most sighted people. Concentrating on the materialized traces of the drawing process, the research attempts to reveal the crucial role and influence of tactile perception and blindness in image creation. The project refers to the visualization and translation of tactilely perceived stimuli in two-dimensional drawings that are triggered by manual explorations of an object. By focusing on the visual translations of tactile explorations I established the hypothesis that we do not entirely trust our active sense of touch, but rather rely on former memories and experiences.
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