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Electric Fingers: immersion, location and presence in capacitive drawing

Pattie Belle Hastings

The phenomenological experience of touch screen drawing differs from than that of analog drawing tools. I sharpen a pencil and apply the point to a surface to make a mark. I see the point and I use the point. Where exactly is the tip of my finger? I am still unable to locate it after having drawn with it for a few years, now. It is really more of a pad than a point - like drawing with a very thick pencil. The mark it makes can be a fine line, but the sensation while drawing is not that of a fine point and I can’t completely determine where the line will go. 

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Sketchnotes from the Art + Technology Symposium

Pattie Belle Hastings

Visual recording for the 14th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology: On Location: presence, immersion and location was a challenging task. There were so many different programming languages, equations, and device hacks, it was difficult to visually capture the extremely technical nature of the conference presentations. The focused attention involved in visual recording helps me to absorb the knowledge imparted and stay present in the moment. Each visual recording experience builds on the previous and I try to design unique color palettes and techniques for each meeting or conference.

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Finger Drawing

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Electric Finger: an experiment in touch surface drawing
Our fingers are electric. They emit electromagnetic frequencies that allow us to interact with touch screen technologies. It’s called “finger capacitance” and it’s this conductive property of our fingers that makes capacitive touch sensing possible. Mobile devices, such as my iPod Touch, are designed to respond to the taps and caresses of my fingertips, providing access to necessary but mundane information or allowing for moments of unique creative exploration. For decades, it has been possible to draw with a computer using a mouse or stylus, but now we can carry electronic sketchbooks in our pockets with the tools for mark making at the ends of our arms.
TRACEY: Drawing and Visual Research, Loughborough University School of Art & Design, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK