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Driessens & Verstappen

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Driessens & Verstappen (1963 and 1964, The Netherlands)

Tickle Salon, since 2002.
Robotic installation.

On show on 2 and 3 October.


Artist duo Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have been working together since 1990. After concluding their studies at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, they developed a versatile body of work consisting of objects, machines and software.


The Tickle Salon is designed to stroke you with undivided attention. As the hanging robot gently strokes the skin, it composes a detailed profile of your body. Based on this profile, the robot performs different sensitive movements with variation, unpredictability and flexibility. People love to be caressed, particularly by a loved one, but when a person strokes another’s body, fatigue eventually sets in. Variation, attention and unpredictability are important aspects for an enjoyable stroking sensation and are the main drivers behind the Tickle Salon. In the current pandemic, the Tickle Salon takes on new significance: when touching is discouraged, the robot takes over.



Photo by Thijs Wolzak.