Scratch and Tickle


Scratch and Tickle are two works which are the result of a collaborative research project by the artist and former STUDIO Fellow George Roland. Collaborators were actors, electrical and computer engineers, videographers, and audio engineers.

After gathering some information like name and gender from the viewer, Tickle shows a pair of feet to be tickled. As the viewer moves the pointer over the feet, the voice and on-screen gauges of the tickling speed give feedback. Afterwards the user can leave or read comments about his/her experience.

In Scratch, a motion sensor finds a viewer and one of four figures appear on screen and invites the viewer to “scratch”.


SFCI Archive: SCRATCH and TICKLE (1996) from STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on Vimeo.


The human being, as subject and viewer, is joined with the computer, as subject and medium. The metaphor of human-machine relationships is developed through the viewer’s involvement with the work visually, textually and through touch.

The goal of this work was to collaborate with electrical and computer engineering students on sensor hardware development, and with actors, videographers and audio engineers for content development in the creation of interactive, computer-based artworks.