See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception


See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
300 ills | 192 pages

Author: Madeline Schwartzman

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See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception is the first book to survey the fascinating relationship between design, the body, science and the senses. Over the last 50 years, artists, architects and designers have been experimenting with the boundaries of our senses, altering the way we experience the world.

Did you know it has been revealed that we can hear our skin, see through our tongue and plug our nervous system directly into a computer? With prosthetics, robotics, cybernetics, virtual reality, transplants and neuroscience altering the way we perceive and experience space, the body has re-emerged as an important architectural site. See Yourself Sensing reports on the intimate scale of the experiments of artists and designers on the body, and explores the influence of such experimentation within architecture, installation and new media.

Exploring this concept through the last 50 years of contemporary art and design, See Yourself Sensing examines the work of key practitioners in this field, from Rebecca Horn’s object-based installations and Stelarc’s robotic body extensions, to Carsten Höllers’ physically interactive sculptures. The works and artists illustrated throw into consideration how we see and sense the world around us through artistic interpretation. The book includes projects such as solar-powered contact lenses that augment reality, LED eyelashes and an implanted tooth receiver that transmits the Internet directly into the wearer’s inner ear—all created with the purpose of provoking and transforming the wearer’s sensory experience.

Madeline Schwartzman brings together this unique collection of images that reflect the sensory design in architecture, art and installation, chartering the breadth of this sensory theme through the work of many renowned artists. Analysing the importance and influence of sensory experiments on a bodily scale, Schwartzman reveals the fascinating relationship between senses, body, art and perception.