Tamiko Thiel
Touching, Traces
A work series exploring the intimacy of touch on mobile device screens
Digital fine art prints, color or black/white, 21x29cm printed on 30cm x 38cm on Hahnem├╝hle Baryta paper, 2020
In the coronavirus crisis we are now hyperaware of the surfaces we touch, and of the traces that may or may not be on those surfaces. Indeed, for those alone in self-isolation, our mobile devices are now the surfaces we touch and stroke most intimately and most often.

These are the first three prints from my 2020 Election Diaries Series, records of my frantic "doomscrolling" on news sites and Facebook on key days of the 2020 election. Living in Europe, isolated from the events in the USA by time and distance, trying to make to make sense of the wierd events and the weeks of uncertainty and suspense, and seeking solace in my online community of friends and media analysts.

See complete Touching, Traces: 2020 Election Diaries Series here.


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2020-09-30 Biden-Trump Debate / 2020-11-07 Biden/Harris Declared Winners / 2020-11-08 Biden/Harris Victory Speeches


Thoughts on touch in the Age of Corona Virus:


What does touch look like?

How does it change day to day, and change with activities and state of mind?

What does the surface look like when it is as clean as possible?

After writing an email?

After going through the morning ritual of answering emails and reading several daily online newspapers?

After a day of use or after several days of use?


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2020-04-06: Freshly cleaned / After writing an email / At the end of the day


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2020-04-06 / 2020-05-14 / 2020-05-17 (green): Morning email and news


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2020-04-02 / 2020-04-04 / 2020-04-26 (b/w): At the end of each day (Homage to Rodin's 'Gates of Hell'!)