Erlebnis der unbegreiflichen Dinge | Masterarbeit 2018
Touch is our first language, the first sense that we acquire. Touch is our silent interface with the material world. Touch is the third dimension of surface that speaks to our emotions.
People who are deaf-blind communicate through touch-based processes, from finger spelling to exploring objects with their hands or feet. Some people who are deaf-blind use a grammar of touch that includes pressure, location, speed, hand shape and motion.
Alphabetum Taktus is the suggestion of a new kind of sensory 3D alphabet. This new haptic font allows blind and sighted people to communicate with each other in a playful way.
All the senses have their own descriptive vocabularies, for example for sight, there is red, green, and yellow, and for taste there is sweet and sour, etc. But the sense of smell can have no descriptive vocabulary of its own. Rather, we borrow our adjectives from the other senses, so that it smells sour, or has a smell like roses, cloves or musk. They are all, however, terms drawn from other senses. Consequently, we cannot describe our sense of smell. Until now:
Litterae odorum are the first characters from the olfactory alphabet, which consists of 350 letters (olfactory receptors in the nose). Quick learning of the new language is possible by the synesthetic experience.
Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Harms, KM Johanna Schmeer