We tentatively suggest “we-coupling” as an umbrella term for bringing together a diversity of experimentation concerned with sharing / transferring / controlling sensations and actions between two or more people.
“Coupling” was a word used Paul Dourish used in his 2005 book to highlight the importance of establishing and breaking relationships between entities. More recently the notion of appropriate socio-sensory-motor coupling has been argued to be a highly desirable quality for tangible and embodied interaction ( by Jelle Van Dijk et al. 2014).
“We” is our way to underline this studio’s focus on intense or interdependent interpersonal experiences requires and connects two or more people – together.
We-coupling can be high-tech, low-tech or no-tech. We-coupling can have many different qualities in terms of symmetry (e.g. may be uni directional, reciprocal or multiply distributed), discreteness and witting-ness.
We-coupling maybe utilised for serious practical applications, or explored for philosophical or physiological insights, or be a source of design inspiration.
Better labels than”We-coupling” might emerge through the studio and its follow up, but our focus on the day will be on action not words.