With Malte Wagenfeld
In Greek synaesthesia translates into ‘union of the senses; syn- (union) and aesthesis (sensation). In contemporary usage synaesthesia refers to a rare neurological condition in which two or more streams of sensory data interlink or cross resulting in synaestheses; having the sensation of hearing colour, seeing sound, smelling pictures and so on.It can be argued, with some confidence, that within the field of design the visual sense dominates over all the other senses. This might be due to a number of factors; we design largely via visual means and advertise through the visual media; online shopping reinforces this further. The result is that, in most instances, our other senses have been largely anaesthetised.However with the advent of new technologies and the increasing sophistication of existing technologies, ever escalating market competition and a dramatic shift away from the singular object to the design of complex product service systems, virtual and real environments and spaces have opened new possibilities beyond the realm of the visual. The SynAestheia Design Lab will investigate the design of objects, systems, environments, experiences and spaces which present the user with a multitude of sensory data; tactile, olfactory, auditory, kinaesthetic and so on. Additionally the lab will explore design via emotive and temporal dimensions; to create what may be called a hyper-sensorial design paradigm.