Eric Schubert

Eric Schubert

Studio One

How to Touch (and Be Touched) in Digital Space

Is the digital world simply stream upon stream of spectacle, where even once-private experiences such as eating, playing a video game or brushing one’s hair have become fully mediated performances, existing primarily for show? It’s no wonder that a world that engages only sight and sound can only produce spectacle. ASMR streams are an attempt to recover the sense of touch in the digital realm — to create the experience of a tingling sensation down the back of the neck of the viewer. However, most ASMR streams, even ASMR streams that focus on the physical movement of the body — are unable to infuse tactility into the digital spaces in which they reside. In this live stream how-to, I will introduce a new form of ASMR that attempts to create a truly tactile digital. Follow along with my Tactile ASMR how-to live stream to learn how you can touch (and be touched) in digital space.

Studio 2

The Occlusion Layer

Critic and historian Norman Klein calls Los Angeles a city of “erasures and collective forgetting.” The Occlusion Layer employs Augmented Reality’s ability to reveal hidden visual and sound experiences to explore histories of LA that are hidden under plaques in and surrounding DTLA. Through the Snapchat app or Snap Spectacles, viewers of The Occlusion Layer will discover AR “floats” made of paper that represent key moments of hidden LA history:

* The 1871 Chinese Massacre, where a mostly white mob killed 19 Chinese immigrants—as represented by paper yuan bao (or gold ingots), set aflame as in traditional Chinese funeral practice

* The forced eviction of Mexican immigrants from their communities at Chavez Ravine in the name of urban housing development that never came to pass (but made way for Dodgers Stadium)—as represented by Mexican crepe paper flowers

* The 1967 demonstration against police brutality by the LGBT community at the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake (one of the earliest LGBT demonstrations)—as represented by paper protest signs

Critical Worldviews I

“The Neighborhood” is a third-person fictional narrative that speculates a near-future in Seattle. In this peri-fiction, the neighborhood of Capitol Hill begins a pilot program to replace policing and community services with a set of hyper-local Neighborhood Councils.