Exploring the Senses covers such subjects as the science and physiological basis of the senses, the use of the ‘senses’ in art, science and technology and the impairment and loss of the senses.
Rachel Gadsden is a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that consider the most profound notions of what it is to be human. In Considering the Human Condition she discusses her ideas and work.
Since the early 1990s, Paul Vanouse’s artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium. His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These “Operational Fictions” are hybrid entities–simultaneously real things and fanciful representations–intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape. He discusses his ideas and work in Mistaken Identity.
Keith Salmon is a British fine artist. His work is principally semi-abstract Scottish landscapes which are created based upon his experience as a hill walker. Even though he is registered blind Salmon has climbed more than one hundred of Scotland’s Munros, many of which have been captured in his artworks. In Adapting to the landscape – painting with sound he discusses his ideas and work and his recent artworks that move into the addition of sound to his paintings.
Luca M Damiani is a Media Artist and a Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Luca practices internationally in the fields of art, digital media, and visual culture. He works and experiments with creative techniques such as digital technology, animation, photography, coding, and mixed media. He discusses his recent work in Processing Hyperacusis and PPPD : Inner-view of Neurological Disorder and Processing Hyperacusis and PPPD : Outer-view of Neurological Disorder.
Daniel Hill is an abstract painter and sound artist whose work has been included in numerous exhibitions exploring the relationship between painting, sound, and science. In Restoring Things with the Power of Sound he discusses his experience of the music of Jon Hassell.
Plus, there are articles by Harriet Dempsey-Jones: What is the best sense? Scientists are still battling it out ; Sean R Mills & Mark Fletcher: Vibration on the skin helps hearing-impaired people locate sounds ; Ajay Pandey & Jonathan Roberts: It’s not easy to give a robot a sense of touch ; Jane Parker: Six curious facts about smell ; Chris Woolgar: The medieval senses were transmitters as much as receivers ; Chunjie Zhang: What’s lost when we’re too afraid to touch the world around us? ; and Clare Jonas & Josie Malinowski: ‘Seeing’ music or ‘tasting’ numbers? Here’s what we can learn from people with synaesthesia.