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re:MAKING SENSE #2 | 1 July

Michel Witter invites you for the second session of the re:MakingSense symposium seriesarrow on sensory augmentation: Translating, substituting, augmenting senses, on July 1st.

This session focuses on the process of translation between sensory modalities. It questions how the attributes of one sense are mapped onto another, how this new sensory information is integrated to perception, and how novel information is translated into senses. What technology is needed to do this? What information is sent? What is lost? How does that affect the resulting perception? And how does this, in turn, affect social interaction and performance?

Our brains receive information from our sensory organs, interpreting the incoming electrical signals and conveying them to us as a sensory perception. Today, technology makes it possible for individuals to receive information in one sensory mode and have it interpreted in another. For instance, ‘hearing’ light is possible. It is also possible to transmit non-sensory, or non-human sensory information to the brain to interpret as a sensory perception. For example, one can feel the Earth’s magnetic field.

For humans, this means that they either substitute some original (natural) senses with technology-based ones, try to add new senses to those they have, or to perceive in an enhanced manner. Perhaps, sensory augmentation technologies are even both substituting and augmenting senses at once.


  • Dr Giles Hamilton-Fletcher – Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NYU Langone Health
  • Antal Ruhl – lecturer and researcher at Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • Roseanne Wakely – co-founder of Rusty Squid
  • Carl Hayden Smith – Director of the Learning Technology Research Centre at Ravensbourne University London

When: Thu, 1st of July 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm CEST (Online event)

Please, register for free using Eventbritearrow. Registered attendees will receive an email with a link to the online event prior to it starting.

Embodied Interaction

This research focuses on the design of tactile interfaces, using sensor technology.

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‘Investigating the potential of sensory augmentation to bridge the sensory gap between deaf and hearing.’

Michel Witter, with a foundation in computer science and digital art, integrates technology and art in education. As a tutor since 2002 at Communication & Multimedia Design program of Avans, he specializes in information design and accessibility. Currently, Michel is researching sensory augmentation for his PhD.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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