Claire Tolan, 2016


February 2016

Claire Tolan is an artist whose sound work examines practices of hospitality and rituals of greeting
in the context of ASMR, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. At Blitz, she will further her
experiments with interactive performances through the creation of an ASMR-styled RPG (role player

“For the BLITZ residency, I would like to spend four weeks developing a new, interactive
performance in the form of an ASMR Role-Playing Game (ASMRPG), with conceits similar to
those of Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons is a popular, fantasy roleplaying game
developed in the mid-1970s, in which groups of players act out characters whose interactions
are led by a set of rules enforced by the the game’s Dungeon Master.

ASMR, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a physiological reaction to soft sounds –
whispering, nail tapping, hair brushing – a relaxing, pleasurable tingling in the scalp and the spine.
Since its christening in an online forum in 2008, an enormous YouTube community has formed
around the search for these “tingles.” Yet video creators – ASMRtists – intend not only to provoke
the sensation, but also to soothe, to ease anxiety, depression, insomnia.

Nolan will be in residence from 14 February to 11 March 2016. During this time she will also
engage with local practitioners, professionals and audiences though a series public programmes.
Details to be announced.

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