Susanna Hertrich

Sensorium of Animals

Electroreception in Experimental and Historical Media and Design Research

This research project explores the possibilities of technology mediated systems to alter the human sensory apparatus from artistic-experimental and media history angles. One part of this research focuses on possibilities of expanding the human sensory system beyond its biological limits, taking inspiration from sensorial abilities found in certain animals. Artistic-experimental systems, for instance in the field of wearable technology, will be tried out, researched and made available. The other part of this research is concerned with the historically informed study of cybernetic man-machine-structures in media history, along a history of knowledge of sensory physiology of non-human organisms that have continuously provided repercussion into the cultural history of media. This project is situated at the intersection of biology, media technology, experimental media practice and media aesthetics, design research and media history. Collaboration with Shintaro Miyazaki at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art & Design, Basel, Switzerland.


Support & Duration

The project is funded by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, project no. 159849. Project runtime from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018.