With Gyungju Chyon
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. The additional skill that may be useful in supporting this studio is physical computing, such as Arduino, in order to build interactive objects in this studio. However, this is not mandatory as your object can relate to the human body and space through other means than computer programming.