What would you pay to feel?
Melanie Gilligan’s dystopian drama is set in an eerily familiar future. Over 15 short episodes it tracks the impact of a new immersive technology that enable individuals to tap into the sensations of others. Worn on the roof of the mouth, the ‘Patch’ has reformulated not only social contact but every aspect of human society. Students give their tutors performance feedback during lessons while also trying to keep up with their tuition fee repayments via emotional piecework. This is a world where the value of networks and personal contacts is everything and constant measurement is the norm. Feelings – their capture, modification, use and exchange – are its lifeblood. When the Patch network inexplicably breaks down crippling disorientation ensues as the students struggle to deal with unmediated contact.
The Common Sense (2014) is the first acquisition for the University of Edinburgh’s Contemporary Art Research Collection. Its purchase has been generously supported by The Art Fund.
This event is part our Summer at ECA programme during the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival.