Sensory Augmentation: Toward a Dialogue between the Arts and Sciences

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    People sense the world by exploiting correlations between their physical ac-tions and the changing sensory input that results from those actions. Interfac-es that translate non-human sensor data to signals that are compatible with the human senses can therefore augment our abilities to make sense of the world. This insight has recently sparked an increase in projects that explore sensemaking and the creation of novel human experiences across scientific and artistic disciplines. However, there currently exists no constructive dia-logue between artists and scientists that conduct research on this topic. In this position paper, we identify the theory and practice of sensory augmentation as a domain that could benefit from such a dialogue. We argue that artistic and scientific methods can complement each other within research on senso-ry augmentation and identify six thematic starting points for a dialogue be-tween the arts and sciences. We conducted a case study to explore these con-jectures, in which we instigated such a dialogue on a small scale. The case study revealed that the six themes we identified as relevant for a dialogue on sensory augmentation emerge rather spontaneously in such a dialogue and that such an exchange may facilitate progress on questions that are central to the theory and practice of sensory augmentation. Overall, this position paper contributes preliminary evidence for the potential of, and a starting point for, a dialogue between the arts and sciences that advances our understanding of sensory augmentation and the development of applications that involve it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th EAI International Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventEAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation - Heraklion, Greece
    Duration: 30 Oct 201731 Oct 2017
    Conference number: 6


    ConferenceEAI International Conference
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    • art-science collaboration
    • sensory augmentation
    • sensory substitution
    • new media art


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