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A Sensory Cartography of Madeira

When we perceive a natural landscape we experience a whole sea of relation: of the wind touching our skin, of a multitude of sights, odors and sounds that weave into an impression of the place. The conscious mind-body can also adapt to new configurations of environment that may prove important for survival, or at the very least, form apocryphal sensory tendencies that help to move the process of evolution.

The project Sensory Cartographies is an ongoing process-oriented collaboration between artists Sissel Marie Tonn and Jonathan Reus. In this project we explore the relationships between consciousness, body and environment, as mediated by the filtration mechanisms of the senses. At the center of the project is the creation of worn instrumentations for rethinking modes of collecting, categorizing and mapping from the perspective of the lived experience of a place.

These instruments challenge the body’s preconfigured modes of attention in a playful way. We see them as potentials to experience our surroundings differently, know the environment eyelessly and create an alternative cartography that is attentive to the subtle fluctuations of change that always implicates the relationship between body and environment.

Supported by:
Association of International Artistic Residents Madeira (IRAM)
Jardim Botanico, Herbarium & Natural History Museum, Funchal

Techno Ecologies

By the eighteenth century, a subtle transposition of values had begun to take place, as technics itself began to occupy a larger place. If the goal of technics was to improve the condition of man, the goal of man was to become ever more narrowly confined to the improvement of technology. Mechanical progress and human progress came to be regarded as one; and both were theoretically limitless. – Lewis Mumford