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On ASMR

When the human-technology system called technosphere is broken, it is the human-technology system that tries to fix it. Connecting people in intimate auditory ways over the internet is a way to provide therapy for the very kind of alienations and isolations that it helped to create in the first place. In a series of videos, texts and audio, artist Claire Tolan depicts the world of the ASMR subculture working to do just that.

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Claire Tolan


Since 2013, much of Claire Tolan’s work has found its foundation in the sounds of ASMR, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Tolan has hosted "You’re Worth It,“ an ASMR show on Berlin Community Radio for over two years. She has also worked with ASMR in performance, recording, and exhibition, collaborating with musician Holly Herndon, writer and artist Inger Wold Lund, and artist Camilla Steinum, among others. Tolan was the 2015 Goethe-Institut and SPACE Perlin Noise sound artist-in-residence at London’s White Building. At present, Tolan is developing an ASMR-inspired tabletop role-playing game (RPG) system, die Siedler von SHUSH.