See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception

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Black Dog Publishing, 2011 - Art - 190 pages
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, can see through our tongue, and can 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 the experiments of artists and designers on the intimate scale of the body, and explores the influence of such experimentation on 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 transforming and provoking 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 body-scaled sensory experiments, Schwartzman reveals the fascinating relationship between senses, body, art and perception. AUTHOR: Madeline Schwartzman's is a New York filmmaker and architect. A Yale School of Architecture graduate, her multi-disciplinary practice combines architecture, film/video and writing and holds long term teaching positions at Columbia University and Parsons: The New School For Design. Her previous short works have screened at festivals both in the US and abroad. She has received grants in various disciplines, including a residency in architecture at the American Academy in Rome (1988), an Artist's Grant in Sculpture from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1989), a Film Production grant from the New School for Social Research (1993), and a sabbatical from Parsons (1997) for the post-production of APHRODISIAC. ILLUSTRATIONS 300 colour & b/w illustrations *

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Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City filmmaker and architect. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, her multi-disciplinary practice combines architecture, film/video and writing and her body of work includes a feature-length film titled Aphrodisiac, over fifteen shorts that have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, and a recently completed novel. Schwartzman holds long-term teaching positions at Barnard College, Columbia University (Professor (adjunct), architectural design) and at Parsons The New School for Design (Part-time Associate Professor, interdisciplinary design and drawing).

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