Dan Shor is a Berlin-based designer, researcher, and mechanical engineer working on both the academic/research and consumer/product development sides of the haptics. He works at the intersection between tangible products and emotionally driven experiences. At his consultancy Contaxtual Labs, an independent haptics research lab, he blends contact and context to build the future of haptic technology. He focuses on the development of wearable devices that stimulate human entrainment behaviours through vibrotactile feedback. At LoveHoneyGroup, he works as a product research and development engineer, creating sexual happiness by developing and integrating wideband haptic actuators into the Womanizer brand.
He is also co-director of the VibeResearch Lab at Delft University of Technology’s School of Industrial Design Engineering exploring affect “vibes” through vibrational entrainment. He also lectures at FH Salzburg and the Parsons New School of Design.
Laura A Dima
Laura A Dima is a multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Laura A Dima graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015, Department of Inter-Architecture. Since then, she has been working as a cross-disciplinary artist who combines performances, installations, technology, and academic research. Dima’s oeuvre results in multimedia art installations that explore cultural norms around touch, intimacy, and privacy: a catalyst for introspection and questions of our own behavior and attitudes.
Dima is curated at well-known events, guest lecturers, and workshops that are at the crossroad of art, technology, and design, including Dutch Design Week, TU Delft, Artez, NHL Stenden, and the University of British Columbia, along with exhibitions and experiments in public and semi-public spaces such as churches and stations. The artist and her team are active in academic research where they have published research papers based on their projects, including two papers for WorldHaptics Conference 2021, Montreal, Canada (held virtually).
Besides all this Dima directs a multidisciplinary team: her projects bring together engineers, craftspeople, and design specialists whose input, channeled through Dima’s creative vision, transforms the viewer from passive spectator to vital symbiont.