I started by submitting my sense of touch to an intensive treatment, pinpointing the confused phenomena of will and thought on various points on my body, and especially on the palms of my hands. This training is slow but easy, and all healthy bodies can, through this training, give surprising and exact results. On the other hand, unhealthy sensibilities, which draw their excitability and their apparent perfection from the very weakness of the body, will achieve great tactile power less easily, without duration or confidence. I have created a first educational scale of touch, which is, at the same time, a scale of tactile values for Tactilism, or the Art of Touch. First scale, level, with four different categories of touch. First category: extremely confident touch, abstract, cold. Sandpaper, Silver-coated paper. Second category: touch without heat, persuasive, reasoning. Smooth silk, Silk crepe. Third category: exciting, lukewarm, nostalgic. Velvet, Wool from the Pyrenees, Wool, Silk-wool crepe. Fourth category: almost irritating, hot, determined. Granulous silk, Plaited silk, Spongy cloth. Second scale, volumes Fifth category: soft, hot, human. Suede, Horsehair or dog hair, Human hair, Marabou. Sixth category: hot, sensual, spirited, affectionate. This category has two branches: Rough iron Soft brush, Sponge, Wire brush, Plush, Human or peach fuzz, Bird down. Through this separation of tactile values, I have created: 1. Simple tactile boards that I will present to the public in our contactilations or conferences on the Art of touch. I have arranged the previously catalogued tactile values in wise harmonic or antithetical combinations. 2. Abstract or suggestive tactile boards (hand journeys). These tactile boards have arrangements of tactile values that allow hands to wander over them, following coloured trails and experiencing a succession of suggestive sensations, whose rhythm, in turn languid, cadenced, or tumultuous, is regulated by exact directions. One of these abstract tactile boards made by me, and that has as a title Sudan-Paris, contains, in the part representing Sudan, rough, greasy coarse, prickly, burning tactile values (spongy material, sponge, sandpaper, wool, brush, wire brush); in the part representing The Sea, there are slippery, metallic, fresh tactile values (silver-coated paper); in the part representing Paris, there are soft, delicate, caressing tactile values, hot and cold at the same time (silk, velvet, feathers, down). 3. Tactile boards for the opposite sexes. In these tactile boards, the arrangement of tactile values allows the hands of a man and a woman, tied together, to take a tactile journey together and evaluate it. These tactile boards are extremely varied, and the pleasure that they give is enriched by the harnessing of rival sensibilities, which will attempt to feel more acutely and better explain their rival sensations. These tactile boards are destined to replace the brutalising game of chess. 4. Tactile pillows. 5. Tactile sofas. 6. Tactile beds. 7. Tactile shirts and dresses. 8. Tactile rooms. In these tactile rooms, we will have floors and walls made of large tactile boards. Tactile values of mirrors, running water, rocks, metals, brushes, lightly electrified wires, marble, velvet, rugs that will give the bare feet of the male and female dancers varied pleasures. 9. Tactile streets. 10. Tactile theatres. We will have theatres arranged for Tactilism. Seated spectators will rest their hands on long, running tactile ribbons that will produce tactile sensations with different rhythms. It will also be possible to place these ribbons on small rotating wheels, accompanying them with music and light. 11. Tactile boards for the improvisation of words in freedom. The tactilist will express aloud the sensations that his hands' journey transmits to him. His will be a free-word improvisation, that is, freed from all rhythm, prosody and syntax, an improvisation essential and synthetic and with as little of the human element as possible. The improvising tactilist may be blindfolded, but it is preferable to wrap him in the light of a projector. The new initiates, who have not yet trained their tactile sensibilities, will be blindfolded. But, as for the true tactilists, the full light of a projector is preferable, since darkness has the drawback of concentrating sensitivity into an excessive abstraction.
lørdag den 6. september 2014
TAKTILISME! - touchy-feely 4 ever
Fra Marinettis Taktilistiske Manifest, 1930: