MakingSense takes a new approach to citizen science by co-creating technology for change together with concerned communities.
The sensorial, emotional and atmospheric experiences of humans in cities and the importance of these for sustainable urban development are little researched and rarely considered as indicators in urban planning processes.
We need to raise levels of sensitivity and sensoriality to successfully address the pressing socio-cultural and environmental issues of our time.
5Rhythms [& Ritual]
Our senses are not only essential to the actual remedial processes through music, rhythm and dance, but are also fundamental to community building.
Polyphonic Singing & Dancing
In this type of polyphony, individual song within the composite of voices is emphasized, but all parts contribute more or less equally to the musical fabric.
Sardana & Castellers in Catalonia
My research with Sardana dancers and castellers showed how they are expressing socio-cultural values through bodily movement and how this relates to current political issues in Catalonia.
Walking-With and Urban Creativity
The way we walk is something we learn growing up as children; and our adult ways of bodily movement continue to be socio-culturally distinct and gender specific, we sensorially respond not only to the organisation of physical space through architecture, but more importantly to the diversity of people moving within it.
Join me travelling along the meandering River Ivindo in North-Eastern Gabon in a dugout canoe. I’m sitting below the water level of this majestic river, which captures my senses as the sides of the canoe mostly end about an inch above the water