Sensory Jam

About this event

This workshop aimed to facilitate human participants to become more aware of other animals’ sensory and aesthetic sensibilities, raising points for discussion and future research within ACI (Animal Computer Interaction). For all animals, being able to make sense of the environment is crucial in order to gain control and make informed choices, as well as to achieve competence in daily activities. Although human perception is limited by evolution, technology can enable us to perceive signals that may be meaningful for other species, thereby gaining insight and possibly empathy. Moreover, pursuing a multi-species perspective may foster inclusive approaches to design that aim to achieve a lighter environmental impact by taking into account the sensory experiences of other species.

We will offer participants a range of activities to challenge human senses and sense-making abilities, and then invite them to collaboratively design and test a system that incorporates some animal-centred sensory stimulation inspired by the activities previously undertaken. This is an opportunity for those with an interest in designing artifacts, experiences and spaces with an ecological and welfare-oriented perspective.

We welcome participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including but not limited to animal welfare and care, game design, computer science, engineering, architecture, education, HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and ACI, animal behaviour and cognition, environmental enrichment and landscaping.

The associated paper for this event.

Birds landing on the pavement
Image: Screenshot from the website for the Sensory Jam workshop.


Dr Fiona French


Date/time Tuesday 6 December 2022, 10am-5pm
Book ticket Event ended
Location In-person and online at Northumbria University UK

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