Thinking out loud

The 4 main principles of The Sensorium I could derive from the Gutenberg Galaxy:

  1. A medium has its effects on a sense other than those with which it communicates.
  2. This effect is registered on all senses as an interdependent sensorium, in terms of their equilibrium or ratio.
  3. This ratio is constitutive of rationality or even consciousness.
  4. An imbalance of the senses induced by media can deprive one of rationality or consciousness


What is the Sensorium?

The sensorium is the method of reception and interpretation of a specific construct of sensory stimuli, individually calibrated through the manipulation of the ratios of our senses. As a result, the space perceived is not natural, but instead is a visual construct that has developed over time through the over dependence of visual interpretation. Therefore, the sensorium cannot be seen as just the subjective interpretation of stimuli, but must also be seen as the exploitation of the senses; one whereby the receiver must constantly negotiate with the stimulus in order to arrive at a meaning.


What is the space of the Sensorium?

As described, the sensorium is a space inhabited and filled with one’s own imagination through the depth of negotiation between the receptor and the stimulus. It is not an illusion but is an individual construct from what is perceived between the subconscious (Space) and reality (Time). This interplay between time and space allows one various ways of perceiving the world in terms of the experience of synaesthesia; whereby the stimulus of one sense causes a perception by another.

However can the idea of a sensorium reflect that of a Heterotopia? A space of a non-place; a space void of time and context, where the two exist but continuously collapse on one-another at various intervals and intersections? Does the sensorium forcefully segregate nature from nurture, experience from reality, sovereignty from democracy, in favour for isolation and abandonment over ritual? Does the sensorium oppose the theory of natural selection, or allow to it to thrive and evolve?


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Thus if we take the space of the sensorium to be a construct that exudes a certain amount of information through the form of calibrated stimuli, the 6* seeds would fall on a constantly shifting gage that would be defined by these ratios. For example, on one hand we could have the self and fully-aware (McLuhan – realist – one that understands the mechanisms of media) and on the other we have Niemeyer (the idealist – one who is trapped in a utopian realm filled with surrealist iconography).

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