Interior hapticity: the empowerment of spatial sensing through an embodiment of the object

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In refocusing the connectedness and interplay between the user (subject) and spatial realm (object), new empowerment of spatial sensing and experiential encounter is materialising. This chapter reveals a new spatial paradigm where the modern interior setting becomes a more dedicated sensorial experience and a marker of social transformation as it mirrors modern life itself (Benjamin: 1999).
Revealing the two-way interaction between the human user and the collective interior object, it exposes the true essence of social experience. Our sensorial encounters are activated by our response to, and in, space. These instances of phenomenology and interpretive experience are enabled by sensory receptive pathways, a combination of feelings and thoughts, detailed through specialist “ways of knowing” (Tuan: 1977). Enabled by our spatializing senses, sight and touch, these frame the other receptors of taste, smell and hearing. No longer are we reliant on sight alone to perceive a space or object (Pallasmaa: 2012). Our embodiment of spatial sensing enables us to read and
place an object into context, as a multifaceted intuitive mechanism centred around the human body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSensorial Modernities
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2023

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