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Please Touch 2014

Best of ”PLEASE TOUCH”


"Please Don’t Touch" is an interactive performance introducing a new concept to sculpture. Nadine Abou Zaki sculpted blindfolded in the dark, focusing on the inner self, thereby substituting the sense of sight with that of touch.

She questions the role of image as a contemporary tool, the physical act of touching in artistic creation, and the relation of this tactile experience to memory. What is sculpting without a body? Communicating without body? Desiring without body? She invited people to touch, experience and interact in the dark with her sculptures.

Touching the sculptures


What if you Have to Touch to See?

Usually, in museums or in any place exhibiting art, you see mentions forbidding the visitor to touch the artworks. In “Please don’t Touch”, I reversed the process. I wanted to break the physical distance between the viewer and the artwork and to create an intimacy between both. I invited the visitor to interact with the sculptures, to touch them and feel them in the dark. Displayed in dark rooms, the sculptures lighted up and took shape and life when touched.

Interactive Performance with Living Sculpture


An interactive performance with a living sculpture took place in "Please don’t Touch". Hidden under a brown fabric designed by Bshara Atallah, the living sculpture (Lisa Chehade) was moving when touched and transformed into other sculptures.

From the exhibition


"Please Touch" is an interactive performance introducing a new concept to sculpture. Nadine Abou Zaki sculpted blindfolded in the dark, focusing on the inner self, thereby substituting the sense of sight with that of touch. She questions the role of image as a contemporary tool, the physical act of touching in artistic creation, and the relation of this tactile experience to memory. What is sculpting without a body? Communicating without body?

Expressionistic Film


"Please Touch" is an expressionistic film that aims to portray my emotions while sculpting blindfolded in the dark & the concept of her interactive sculptural performance. All sounds and images are extracted from my universe. 

Directed and shot by Muriel Aboulrouss

Produced by Denise Jabbour

Assisted by Bachar Khattar

Edited by Liliane Hanbali

Sound recording by Mohab Chanesaz 

This film was featured in "Please Touch" exhibition.