Our philosophical thinking and artistic enquiry. Essays, research notes, writing and photography exploring how it feels to be human.

As if on cue, a single petal falls

✚ OBSERVATION (Sensory Experiments)
by Sense-whisperer Isabel at 14:00


At Sensory Experiments, the Sense-whisperers recorded an observatory response to participant’ actions within the sense-scape NATURE.

“As if on cue, a single petal falls just one beat before the first participant arrives. He's hesitant, guarded by the phone he holds out before him, walking and viewing the sense-scape through the lens. Finding he is the only person he quickly back-tracks out to where he came from.”

Carman Zammit, Documentation from Sensory Experiments, 2019.


Notes on the sensation of home

✚ OBSERVATION (Creative Research) 
by Mages Ruiz Diaz 03.06.2020


Home, noun. The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A place where an object is kept. Lived space, organiser & container of our lives. Each of us has a unique and personal experience of home. Sensorial invitation. Tactile stimulation. Potential for physical exchange.

Notes on the Sensation of Home is an observational study of some of the feelings associated with being home alone, and the important role of the objects that we interact with on a daily basis.

Mages Ruiz Diaz, Study of my home objects, 2020.


Skin body touch

✚ VISUAL ESSAY (Creative Research) 
by Mages Ruiz Diaz 23.04.2020


Skin Body Touch is a visual essay composed of possible ideas and views on the human body, skin, and our sense of touch.

“Touch is what we desire in one form or another, even if we find it through being alone, through the agency of silence or through the felt need to walk at a distance: the meeting with something or someone other than ourselves, the light brush of grass on the skin, the ruffling breeze, the actual touch of another’s hand; even the gentle first touch of an understanding which until now, we were formally afraid to hold.” - David Whyte. 

Jeanne Dunning, Untitled Hole, colour photo, 1988.


A human-felt future

✚ ABSTRACT (Sensory Experiments)
by DIAZ DAVIS


Being human begins with sensorial power[1], the vital energy supplied by the brain throughout the nervous system. Its production and effects occur in rapid-fire physiological chain reactions. We receive environmental stimuli through our five traditional senses; this sensory information is transmitted through neural pathways to the brain.

Being human is also equally what we do with this understanding. How we cognitively and emotionally shape our individual worlds with what we know and what we feel. Each of the senses combine to create our own whole picture of ourselves, of others, and of the world around us.

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Breathe, Norla Dome Monday 11 March, 2019 4:29 PM Hayden Somerville in collaboration with DIAZ DAVIS.

Complimentary Opposites

✚ WORDS (Quote) 
by Carl Jung
 

"Wholeness is possible only via the coexistence of opposites. In order to know the light, we must experience the dark." — Carl Jung

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Johann Theodor de Bry. Engravings for Philosophia Sacra et Vere Christiana, seu Meteorologia Cosmica, by Robert Fludd. 1626. “The figure of God is twofold. He has a head of light and a head of darkness, a white and a black, an upper and a lower”, according to the Sefer ha-Zohar, the Book of Splendour. 

In the dark corners of a forgotten lull

✚ OBSERVATION (Sensory Experiments)
by Sense-whisperer Amara at 16:00


At Sensory Experiments, the Sense-whisperers recorded an observatory response to participant’ actions within the sense-scape NATURE.

Rhythmic drumming echoes through the membranes of the room - the soft call of a distant bird reverberates, almost shockingly, from somewhere in the dark corners of a forgotten lull in the space. The keys sound, eyes fall toward the instrument as it beats out a tune, with cadence, with harmony.

Light washes the room, ephemeral particles spinning in a haze that slashes across the pews; warming the complexion of a fair beauty. He sits astride her, delicately touches her shoulder. Her eyes are closed, she lets the harmony overcome her, a slight smile curls on the corner of her mouth.

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Carman Zammit, Documentation from Sensory Experiments, 2019.


The bed is a small island


✚ EXPERIMENT (Digital)
Conversations with AI No 1


The bed is like a small island.
The bed is the center of the home.
Life goes around it.
The bed is the main structure of the home.
It’s where we sleep, dream and daydream.
It’s where we remember the past and anticipate the future.

Conversations with AI is an ongoing creative experiment generated by OpenAI's GPT-3 language model. The AI tool is in beta testing and the narrative created may contain truth, half-truth, lies, as well as original poetry verses. Thank you Move37 for facilitating the playground for our conversations with AI. Our conversation with AI was about exploring the sensation of home. 

Installation view of Tracey Emin, My Bed, at the Turner Prize Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, 1999-2000. Photo © Stephen White.

DIAZ DAVIS acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, create, and work. We pay our deepest respects to the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and future.