Sensing Time

Design Sensing

2 days | Sep 2020 | Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

Role: Ideation, Concept Making, Physical Prototyping, Installation

Team: Julian Jimsa, Norris Hung, Maria Jose Tamayo

Project details: Sensing the living world around us and to communicate rather than exclude in silo or to take advantage & exploit while simultaneously considering humans.

Advisor: Yasaman Sheri

Sensing Time is an installation piece that allows people to change their perception of time in order to better empathize with other organisms and planetary events.

Much like an interactive version of the Eames' "Powers of Ten" video, the device allows someone to slow down and speed up time on the objects in the frame by moving the device forwards and backwards. By moving the device backwards, one may clearly see the individual flaps of a bee's wing. By moving the device forwards, one can see the "rhythm of breathing" of a glacier over decades.

This concept was inspired the interplay of evolution and technology. Environmental pressures have always pushed living organisms to adapt to their surroundings (e.g., evolving bird beaks to adapt to the food in its area). Furthermore, technology has always been a tool for humans to augment their evolution to become a more effective and efficient species (e.g, bicycles allows us to move faster with less energy).

However, problems such as climate change can evade our civilization's ability to adapt to it - partly due to our inability to perceive it. By allowing the viewer to move outside of "human time", this installation hopes to help its audience empathize with events and organisms that exist on other timescales.