ABOUT THE SERIES
This series of discussions aims to bring together the community of researchers, practitioners, artists and designers working on sensory augmentation. We seek to advance this interdisciplinary engagement in order to explore the plurality of perspectives on the modulation of human sensory and perceptual abilities. Discussing insights gained on the philosophical, ethical, creative, anthropological, scientific and technological aspects of research.
From glasses and hearing aids, through the microscope and the telescope to the radio, telephone and the Internet, humans have sought to expand the reach and scope of our sensory abilities for centuries. Sensory augmentation, broadly understood as the use of technology to provide perception not originally available to the user, is becoming an increasingly topical area of research and innovation. Indeed, the research community in neuroscience, brain-computer interaction, cognitive sciences, has made important progress over the last years. At the same time, a market developing sensory augmentation devices has emerged, as well as a community of biohackers who self-experiment with sensory modification methods. Current research on novel human-computer interfaces, augmented reality, wearable technology and neural engineering may point to a future where our sensory horizons are vastly enlarged.
Due to the fragmented research and development happening on Sensory Augmentation, coming from many disciplines, a coherent and identifiable 'field' has yet to emerge. re:MAKING SENSE is platform for these communities to come together and discuss the plurality of explorations, applications and insights being created. Anyone working on a related topic, be it in an academic, artistic or commercial context is welcome to join the community.
Every two months (roughly), invited and volunteer speakers will share their work and questions with the community to foster exchanges, research, collaborations, and more!
Senior Lecturer of Interaction Design Avans University of Applied Sciences
Michel investigates a situated approach towards the design of Sensory Augmentation supporting communication between deaf and non-deaf. Inspiring students with embodied interaction and multisensory perception.