Sensorium of Animals

Artistic research project

 (2016–2018)

Collaborative artistic research project with Shintaro Miyazaki. The project is situated at the Institute of Experimental Design- and Media Cultures at Basel Academy of Art & Design FHNW, Switzerland. The project is funded by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS) for three years. 

Sensorium of Animals explores the possibilities of technology-mediated systems to alter the human sensory apparatus from artistic-experimental and media historical angles. One part of this research focuses on possibilities of expanding the human sensory system beyond its biological limits, taking inspiration from sensorial abilities found in certain animals (such as the elephant nose fish). Artistic-experimental systems in the field of wearable technology will be tried out, researched and made available.

Another strand is fictional world-designing: What would a world look like, where we could due to our natural evolution feel our invisible electromagnetic infrastructure and their signals and processes as sensible pulses, rhythms, and ticklings?

The other part of this research is concerned with the historically informed study of cybernetic man-machine-structures in media history, along with a history of knowledge of the sensory physiology of non-human organisms that have continuously provided repercussion into the cultural history of media. This project is situated at the intersection of biology, media technology, experimental media practice and media aesthetics, design research and media history.

SNFS No. 159 849

Project website: sensorium.ixdm.ch

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