The following are my two installations for the
Koo Ming Kown Gallery, Baptist University of Hong Kong, 21 November – 16 December.
1. HAPTIC AUTISTRY
Opening night 21 November 2012 – photos by Sophia Zhang
Day view 22 November 2012 – photos by YIP Chi Lap [
2. HAPTIC HUGSHRUG – prototype
Temple Grandin, world famous autism advocate and animal behaviorist, developed the renowned “Squeeze Machine,” for the above purpose. In this machine, the user is able to regulate the intensity of pressure by activating a lever.
My “Haptic Hug-Shrug” is a response to Grandin’s “Squeeze Machine,” but was created to deliberately eschew technology, and address sensory-sympathetic need at its basic, primal level. Made from wool top, using crochet technique, the Hug-Shrug can be ‘worn’ or used as a blanket, and even gentle sensory mat to lie on. It’s weight provides the sensation of deep pressure, while the softness and warmth of fine Merino wool serves as supportive comfort to the wearer, who will regulate the intensity of the ‘hug’ by pulling at the edges.