Matthew Mosher – Open for Business

November 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm 17 comments

Matthew Mosher
Title – weTouch
Business – Fascinations

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weTouch is a pair of networked devices – one located in this exhibition and one at Fascinations on Mill Avenue – that communicate through the sense of touch between two people. Technology has come a long way in bringing people together virtually across vast distances through telephone voice services and, more recently, computer video conferencing.  However, these interactions are limited to the visual and aural senses. During a video chat there is a creeping sensation of the other person not really being there; you can see them but cannot touch them, and you can never truly make eye contact.  Cell phones lack the quiet presence provided by simply sitting next to another person.

weTouch provides a third means of interaction. Through two internet-enabled handheld devices weTouch recognizes when, in the museum or in Fascinations, a person places their palm on the device.  When touched, the device sends a signal across the cloud to its paired device, causing its partner device to heat to body temperature. Should someone in the other location place their hand on the paired device, they will immediately know that someone in the original location is thinking of them. When the paired device is touched it will heat up the original device in response, letting both users have a quiet moment of sensory connection.


Open for Business Artist Spotlights:
Marco Rosicelli – Buffalo Exchange
Saskia Jorda – The Shoe Mill
Peter Bugg with Ryan Peter Miller – ASU Art Museum Store
Mary Lucking – Rúla Búla
David Tinapple – Cartel Coffee Lab
Cyndi Coon –  Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. (DTC)
Jon Haddock – The Headquarters
Tania Katan – The Library Bar & Grill*
Adam Murray – Caffe Boa
Wendy Furman – BrandX Custom T-Shirts
Matthew Mosher – Fascinations
Erin V. Sotak – La Bocca
Chris Todd – Sucker Punch Sally’s*
Jen Urso – The Bicycle Cellar
Nic Wiesinger – Monti’s La Casa Vieja


Related Links:
Matthew Mosher’s Website
Open for Business Printable Map 
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