Trigger Workshop


#well-being #ASMR #publicness

Workshop is set out to explore a contemporary form of relaxation, performed and experienced by workshop participants as a collective ritual. Our interest stems from our research into an online community of millions who experience ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response): a physical sensation of euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body, triggered through sound, touch, and movement. There are clues to a new-or-perhaps-forgotten-kind of awareness and desire in the rich visual and material world of ASMR, as it can contribute to reducing effects of stress, anxiety and insomnia. Therefore, in the workshop, we will investigate - what other contemporary forms of relaxation are out there? What are the triggers that allow us to enter into them - materials, conditions, technology, special objects? How can we bring a private experience into a public space and how to facilitate it?

ĒTER is a partnership of Kārlis Bērziņš, Dagnija Smilga and Niklāvs Paegle – architects, researchers and educators operating between Alps and Baltic coastline. ĒTER is focused on creating unique environments at the intersection of nature, technology and contemporary culture. In 2022, Daycare centre "Pērle" received the Grand Prix of Latvian Architecture Award, while Weird Sensation Feels Good: The World of ASMR at London Design Museum won the Dezeen Award for best exhibition architecture. The origins of the practice stem from jointly created Baltic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, for the first time in history representing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in a single exhibition.