katrin baumgarten: the disgusted object
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jul 25, 2010
katrin baumgarten: the disgusted object


katrin baumgarten created this series of objects to explore the feeling of disgust as part of an interaction.
the first object simulates the pilomotor reflex or goosebumps on skin. while holding the object the user
will slowly begin to feel little bumps on the underside. the other object begins to squirm while it is being
held. it is static when not held but when grasped, it tries to escape the hand as if it were a living creature.
baumgarten describes her interest in disgust, ‘i am interested in the transformation between the states of
disgust to comfort, especially in the moment of abjection when touching a dead object which becomes
living matter in surprise. additionally to this intellectual uncertainty, the reaction of an inanimate object
touching back can horrify users.’

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