Intimacy with materials as driver of a laboratory for emotional affordance

Alicia Velazquez

Since 2006, and more intensively since 2013, I have introduced performing acts of tactile intimacy with materials in my spatial design practice. The physical connection between our material and human bodies reveals emotional information: about that momentary relationship, past and new ones, between me and other human or material beings. Can this emotional information be the ground to explore the concept of “emotional affordance” (Gibson, 1977)?

Through embodiment and performance, and taking a simultaneous humanist and post-humanist position, I intend to explore the concept of emotional affordance as complementary approach to design processes to generate emotion-able environments.