Zoe Doubleday is a New Media artist and designer specializing in multi-sensory interactive installations, wearable technology, performance, and experimental video. Doubleday’s work centers around convoluting themes that challenge standard heuristics within the larger context of social and biological examination. She designs her lo/hi tech projects to instigate visceral sensory experiences while her passion drives her to enable and empower in conjunction with these themes. Find out more at ZoeDoubleday.com
Doubleday was inspired to develop Haptika in response to her own personal experiences as well as hearing the experiences of others. After deciding to acknowledge aspects of her past, she felt helpless and she felt angry. She thought that there must be someway to rebuild, someway to befriend her body after years of estrangement. After researching various trauma therapies, she learned that physical interventions have been successful in contradicting the effects of trauma. With her experience and education in Emergent Digital Practices, she started prototyping methods of bottom-up therapy and DIY wearable technology! Thus began the development of Haptika. And through personal experience and in-depth research, she proposes that survivors of abuse can possibly contradict the physiological and psychological effects of violence through empowering haptic touch experiences with DIY interactive interfaces and expressive feedback. Through this potential access, creation, and adaptation of these interactive tools, survivors can re-establish a visceral sense of embodiment and empowerment.