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      BDSMR: Velcro as a Sensory Material and Erotic Interface


      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Aurality, Eroticism, Cyborg, ASMR, BDSM, Sound Studies, Sound Art, Contemporary Art

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          This paper examines the sensory mechanics of the Velcro hook-and-loop fastener and its use as a sound object in contemporary sound-based art and the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) community. With the neologism, BDSMR, I attempt to unpack the notion of velcro as a sound-fetish object by situating it within an emerging audio-visual culture, one that engages in cyborgian practices of sensory stimulation and optimizable arousal. Exploring these new modes of “listening in on“ materials—oftentimes with disembodied binaural ears—we reveal the ways in which the dynamics of the sound object reorientate our understanding of the sensate body and its relationship to the eroticism of aurality. In doing so, I present my own Velcro-based sound sculptures in an attempt to form a dialogue with the velcro material as an artistic medium.

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                [1 ] Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

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                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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