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Discover the Culture and Creativity of ASMR

Broadcast live from Stockholm — a virtual vernissage!

On April 7, 2020 ArkDes broadcast a virtual vernissage of WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD, an exhibition about ASMR, live from Stockholm. Relive this introduction and exhibition tour from a comfortable spot and through your favourite pair of headphones! This virtual vernissage was originally broadcast live on e-flux.

ASMR is a term that describes a physical sensation: euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body. In recent years an online audience of millions has grown, dedicated to watching the work of designers and content creators who try to trigger this feeling in their viewers.

This is the first museum exhibition dedicated to this feeling and the emerging field of creativity that has grown up around it. As little as a decade ago, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) was largely dismissed as a figment of the imagination. Today the term represents one of the largest movements on the Internet, and it has become impossible to ignore. As academic institutions around the world seek to make sense of the phenomenon, creatives—known as “ASMRtists”—are building on a cultural movement that transcends language and culture in favour of bodily ‘feels’.

Presenting (in order of appearance)

ASMRtists: PierreG ASMR, WhisperingLife ASMR, UNO ASMR, Life with MaK, ASMRctica, FredsVoice ASMR, MissASMR, anoASMR, and Made in France ASMR
Kieran Long (Director, ArkDes)
James Taylor-Foster (Curator, ArkDes)
Jennifer Allen
Giulia Poerio (Researcher, University of Essex)
Craig Richard (Researcher, University of Shenandoah)
Jamie Lauren Keiles (Journalist)
Helga Sadowski (Researcher, Örebro / Uppsala University)
Justina Hüll (Digital Communications, ArkDes)

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