Holly Hanessian: Touch in Real Time

IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery

March 12 – May 8, 2016

Touch in Real Time, by ceramic artist Holly Hanessian, explores the power of touch at the crossroads of art, emotion and neuroscience. It is a multi-year project that is part social engagement and part scientific research ending in a series of exhibitions. It explores the intimate act of touch and its significance in a digitally mediated age. The project began in 2012 and continued through 2015 as Hanessian collected handshakes recorded on pieces of clay from across the United States. In 2013, she worked with a neuroscience team in Pittsburgh, PA measuring the emotional arousal of the activity. The ending result is a series of exhibitions that have appeared at galleries and museums throughout the U.S.