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The goal of this course is to examine how the world around us is simultaneously experienced through different senses and how certain mediums in the history of art and architecture succeed or fail to take advantage of our perceptual capacities as a whole. Students will be asked to design a Perceptual Device to explore how we can challenge the conventional ways we perceive the environment around us.
Visual Perception- The World and the Eye
a. How the western world has been largely driven by ocularcentrism, placing emphasis on vision over all other senses.
b. How this ocularcentrism has greatly affected the way we think, live and build.
Multi-Sensory Perception- The World and the Body
a. How critics of ocularcentrism claim that utilizing all senses as a holistic experience enhances the way we live and experience the world.
b. Examples of using neglected senses to change the way we experience certain phenomenon.
The Perceptual Device (Assignment)
a. Students will be asked to design a perceptual device that could be as conceptual as a fine-tuned manifesto or as physical as a three dimensional model. The device shall challenge the way we conventionally experience our surroundings or specific phenomena. An additional session will be scheduled to provide in-depth critiques of each device.
RECOMENDED READING LIST:
Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye
By Rudolf Arnheim
The Eyes of the Skin
By Juhani Pallasmaa
Thermal Delight in Arcitectyre
By Lisa Heschong
In Praise of Shadows
By Junichiro Tanizaki
Phenomenology of Perception
By Maurice Merleau-Ponty