Fleshmap: Studies of Desire – Touch, Look, and Listen

August 21, 2008  |  Data Art

Fleshmap is a new project by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas that explores human desire from three points of view - touch, look, and listen.

Touch

The touch section delves into where people like to be touched and where people like to touch on the human body, male and female. Just a fare warning: there's a little bit of naked, so it might be not suitable for work depending on what you consider NSFW. Data were collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk with the help of Dolores Labs. The above displays body parts ordered by where women like to be touched. Apparently the back of the neck is most popular.

Look

Look is a little bit more abstract. Well, sort of. It's a look at nipple hair patterns. Yeah, you heard me. It's 12 men, 12 nipples, 12 patterns. There's also a section for women's nipples.

Listen

Lastly, Martin and Fernanda explore what we sing about. Each column represents a genre and larger circles show body parts that are more often sung about in that genre. Most sing about eyes a lot. Can you guess which column is for hip-hop?

Everything is interactive, so go check it out for yourself. Screenshots don't really do the projects justice.

[via Dolores]

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