Mediated Body


A performer engaging with strangers in a public space. 

Design concept

The performer and the participant control a shared theremin-like soundscape that only they can hear by touching or almost touching each others’ bare skin.

Experiential qualities and related concepts

Affective, collaborative, embodiment, immersion, performative,  seductive, sociality.

Augmentation modality

Auditory, tactile, (visual).

Technical options

Audio synthesis driven by capacitive sensing.

Prototyping techniques

Code sketching.


Mads Hobye, 2010-11. Portfolio piece here.
Hobye, M., Löwgren, J. (2011). Touching a stranger: Designing for engaging experience in embodied interaction. Int. J. Design 5(3):31–48. Available online here.