We experience our world through diverse stimuli perceived by our brain. As we grow from infant to child to adult, these stimuli develop into awareness, meanings and values. Sensorial experiences with artifacts, food, and the world around us structure and deepen our living experiences. A move to a more ecological future requires a deeper connection to the world around us. Therefore, our senses play an important role in shaping new values and meanings to build a more ecological future.
In this studio, haptic is a way of thinking the world around us. You will explore ways in which we experience the world through the haptic sense, and question how we communicate though our skin and body. Rather than solving a functional problem of an object, you will investigate and speculate ‘what if’ ideas and probe how understanding objects through somatosensory perception (texture, temperature, pressure, and pain) and proprioception (movement and body position) can shape new ideas for living.
Making is used as a critical thinking and research method in this studio, and you are expected to produce a working prototype by the end of the semester. Therefore, craftsmanship is considered as an important and essential quality for the design process in this studio.
You will also use observing and probing as methods for exploring the haptic sense, and examining relationships between artifacts and humans. You will be encouraged to engage with local manufacturers and makers to develop your prototypes, as you are expected to produce a series of prototypes as tangible outcomes of the studio.