Senses in Space: Mapping the Universe to the Human Body
This paper articulates the challenges of the human senses in the experiencing of space at extreme scales. It surveys the issues astronomy simulations confront when attempting to make sense of the kinds of scales that are integrated in the same experience, especially if one is to interact with them so that the ranges of size make sense with each other. In some cases parameters are hidden, while in other cases they are proportionally altered to become noticeable. In other cases, senses can be swapped for the benefit of creating a multi-sensory space that the human body can relate to. This is where research of outer space, and the technologies developed for people with disabilities, have an interesting area of affinity. Whereas missing a sense such as hearing, smell, vision or proprioception has been incorporated into alternative ways of experiencing our own world, now some of those same approaches can be reflected upon to experience the universe that is beyond reach for human perception.
KeywordsSenses Visualization Space Interaction Astronomy Perception Body Integration
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