Our first design studio project was based around designing a prosthesis for a person, based on experiences from one of the places that were looked at in this blog. Our group chose to focus on Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem. Photos of the final model are below.
We started thinking about and researching the way that we sense things. Primarily we use sight and sound. But what we thought could be very interesting would be to navigate the caves using only touch. We designed this concept of having a mask which would limit and suppress both your sense of sight and your sense of sound, causing you to rely significantly more upon your sense of touch. This linked in well with ideas of sensory deprivation causing heightened sensitivity in another one of your senses. For example, blocking off sight and sound could cause an increased sensitivity in your sense of touch.
The project links to phenomenology not only through sharing a place of interest, but through the way that it changes our experience of a place. When using the prosthesis, you are encouraged to stop using your sight to simply look at a place, but instead to find your way around and physically explore the space for yourself. It causes a greater experience.