Wouter’s project is a series of public art installations that use principles of robotics and interactivity to engage the disjunctions between interfaces and underlying technologies. The installations will deploy a number of digital and analog elements, including microcomputers, light fixtures, web programming, and the human body to investigate the occluded relationships inherent to how we interact with our technologies.

In a “product launch” for one of his devices, Wouter writes:

Touching is one of the most ancient human activities and the tools we use to touch have remained almost the same since humans came to be. … Our product takes cellphone and tablet cases into new touching territory. Right now the exterior of the devices we use are cold, made of plastic and metal. We turn this dehumanizing experience into something delightful. There’s something really special about having a device which touches back.

Wouter Schievink

Wouter Schievink is one of five Digital Humanities undergraduate fellows from the 2014-2015 academic year. At the time of his year-long fellowship project, Wouter was a Division III student at Hampshire College.