Dark Sense

Katharina Kasinger


The domestication of the night through the widespread expansion of the electric sun has transformed urban experiences of the night – enabling 24/7 productivity by interfering with nocturnal wildlife, wasting huge amounts of energy, and veiling the star-saturated night sky. The urban experience is governed by visuality. We think and create space in relation to our sense of sight, disregarding the qualities of the other senses capable of reading and interpreting space.

Dark Sense is a wearable microhabitat exploring the distinctive qualities of darkness by reimagining its experience – readable beyond the domain of visuality. Lacking the sense of vision as an interpretation of space, this tactile instrument fosters an inverse process of translation in between physical space and imagination of space formed by the memory of a landscape and directed through sensory perception.

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