Intersensoriality – the site of memory and sensorial geography


The key insight of the geography of the senses is that the senses mediate the apprehension of space and in so doing contribute to our sense of place. Yi-Fu Tuan (1972)

Intersensoriality in relation to the site of memory and sensuous geography gives reference to the idea of how multiple modes of sensory interconnections highlight the relations among the senses, above and beyond their informational content, essentially shaping the affective relation of people to their habitat. “What begins as undifferentiated space becomes place as we get to know it better [through our senses] and endow it with value” 

 “Each sense contributes [in its own way] to people’s orientation in space; to their awareness of spatial relationships; to the appreciation of the qualities of particular micro- and macro-spatial environments”

something I had previously overlooked when developing my ideas surrounding memory, nostalgia, and sentimentality were the ‘sites’ in which these memories occurred.How these places ultimately trigger various sensory and memory interconnections as I reproduce them in the present through my sculptural compositions, concentrating on individual objects rather than geographically sample sectioning areas of composition and perhaps viewing these sculptural compositions as landscapes.

You could say that the term atmosphere foregrounds the multisensory character and experience of lived space while downplaying the more formal aspects of environments, human spatial orientation.