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  Fleshmap is an inquiry into human desire, its collective shape and individual expressions. In a series of studies, we explore the relationship between the body and its visual and verbal representation.

Touch investigates the collective perception of erogenous zones. We asked hundreds of people to rank how good it would feel to touch or be touched by a lover in different points of the body. The resulting images reveal a map of sensual desire with multiple focal points and islands of excitement. Read more about our method.

While Touch examines collective patterns, Look explores individuality and the hidden surprises that each body reveals when bared. Through a process of abstraction, the piece reveals the multiplicity of formal possibilities contained in a single body part. Contours from different individuals are presented in collections that expose both familiar and oft-overlooked patterns, confronting prototypical notions of ourselves. Read more about our method.

Listen investigates the relationship between language and the body. Verbal manifestations of human physicality in music, poetry, and religion are distilled to their basic elements. In a play with language, the "body rebus" emerges as a visual representation of cultural expressions of the physical in us. Read more about our method.


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  Fleshmap is a series of artistic studies created by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg. The two artists are known for their pioneering work in data visualization, which has been exhibited in venues such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Fleshmap is an independent art project, not affiliated with any company or institution.


  Data: The data for the "touch" project, which maps regions of pleasure and desire on the human body, was collected with the help of Dolores Labs. (Read more about the method here.) We're especially grateful to Brendan O'Connor. This project would not have been possible without the skillful, rapid, and cheerful help from Brendan and the rest of the Dolores Labs team.

Photos: The photographs used in the creation of this site were purchased from the 3d.sk artist's resource site. We highly recommend this site, which has a deep and rich set of images.

Acknowledgments: Many thanks to Jonathan Feinberg, Karrie Karahalios, Golan Levin, Marek Walczak, and Laura Wattenberg. The source of the quote on the Listen title page is Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.