Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to…
Most forms of etiquette seem to be highly constructed and artificial. I was intrigued to look for the opposite; etiquettes that were inbuilt in our bodies, “hardwired”, almost beyond our control. Following some investigation of different physiological reactions I decided to examine the etiquette of blushing.
I developed a machine for transmitting a blush in non face-to-face communication and imagined the ways in which this machine would change our interactions with each other and with our machines. Would we manipulate our blushes to fool our friends and enemies? Would we control our skin temperature to imbue added meaning in our messages to loved ones?