Extreme Places and Extended Senses

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Project- Extreme Places and Extended Senses

  • What does 'extended senses' mean?
  • What is an 'extreme place'?
  • How can extreme environments extend our senses and stoke our creativity?

This project explores ways of extending senses to make new meanings and perceptions of our environment. In practice, this would entail using technological tools such as sensors and handmade scientific equipment to alter and broaden our perception of the world. We will borrow from D.I.Y /D.I.W.O (Do it with others) practitioners and build our own tools for extending our senses. We will look at artistic approaches to field trips, extreme spaces and altering perceptions. One of the practical outcomes of this project will be collaboration with educators to implement our explorations in the educational context (for eg: toolkits and labs). In this project we will work with scientists, artists(visual/sound/performance) and educators. This project is ideal for students interested in the arts, film, visual communication, product design. We begin this exploration on the onset itself of the project with a weeklong expedition to our first Extreme Environment - The Andamans Islands (The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team).

Notes from earlier Communications

1) Dataloggers and sensors(PASCO) were used as part of mobile lab concept with middle school students for study of soil and water quality in different contexts.

practical concerns: Carrying the equipment was cumbersome and ofcourse expensive. Walking on the rocky shoreline was challenging with these delicate instruments. These are useful in a lab scenario pedagogical: data was collected, graphs drawn and interpreted; however as a facilitator always felt a lack of play or story telling missing because the data is always in numbers

2) We have earlier carried small microscopes, could be useful to have micro-cameras; Wondering what can be captured and played around with in intertidal zones- splash zones, 6 hourly tides, immovable limpets and barnacles stuck to rocks like suction pumps, how do we look inside invertebrates; sounds of waves around rocks and in caves, murmur in the rainforests, looking into/through snakes and crab holes and mounds;

3) How does one look at the canopies ( Rainforest trees are so high)- any tools?...(maybe just climb)

List of Materials for the Andaman Trip

Suggested Readings

Field Notes - From Landscape to Laboratory(link to teaser pdf here)