Why call it “we-coupling”?

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.

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