Sensory / sensorial Translation

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Sensory / Sensorial Translation


Sensory / Sensorial

Directly linked to physical stimulus perceived by the body.



(Of perception, interpretation, existences, connection to the world and creation of (own) reality)


The body is always the receptacle of the interrelationships’ alchemy from which we build the capacity for understanding and apprehending individuals, as well as emotions and sensations.[1]

Body’s ability to invoke the past to produce new actions and behaviors most often improvised (without previewed plans) comes from a ‘practical intelligence’.

The corporeal modalities of learning are completely different procedures to cognitive reflexive activity.

Body knowledge is set in the sensorimotor and kinesthetic memory.


Sensorial and translation

Interplay between the ‘objective’ & subjective

Sensory integration (how people interpret and understand their environment).

Stimulus (physical) – Sensation & interpretation (Translation!)


Interpretation:a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

Translation: The act of changing in form or shape or appearance “a photograph is a translation of a scene ontoa two-dimensional surface”. Rewording something in less technical terminology

In translation there always something transformed and a creative act.


Senses in Performance

Dictatorship of image & sound.

Sensorial Interpretation – Not codified as cognitive processes.

Difficulty to reconsider the world as being in sensorimotor stage[2].


How to propose a different sensorial approach to performative experiences ?

  1. Body practice – Touch experience

Touch beyond the skin: Reiki & Touch therapy works in the body’s bio-magnetic energy fields.
*Relaxation – connection- conscience. Exercise of getting in touch with oneself body, and bieng aware of temperature and sensation while touching some part of our own body. After conscious of body in space, conception of inner space, mental space and environment.


*Touch properties: Temperature, Pressure, Direction. Partners: One laying down makes different tocuhs trying to graduate and play with variations of each propertie.


*Manipulation (Duo’s or trios) Built positions of the body and ask to get attention in to the body state. Mixing touch properties to get sensitive awareness and new connections. The combination of properties of touch create movement- Direction on space. Translation: Create a free association of movement proposed by partners into the mental space. What was proposed is not the same of what was understood.


Somatosensory: Movement


The tactile system, response to touch and touching, is the first sensory system to develop in humans. Perceiving touch and the ability to discriminate touch develop as an infant grows. People perceive touch when something makes contact with the skin and receptors tell the brain that touch is occurring. This allows people to know where their bodies end and begin. The human body perceives two types of touch: light and pressure. Proprioception involves perceiving the movements of joints and limbs as well as understanding their position in a person’s environment. Proprioception controls the understanding of speed, grasping, lifting, timing of movements and force needed to move muscles.

The vestibular apparatus causes humans to challenge gravity through running, swinging and jumping. These sensations are perceived by the inner ear. It tells the brain that a person is moving, on something moving or watching something moving. This apparatus also tells which direction is down, as the vestibular apparatus is tied to gravity.





  1. Sensory Integration Design


Which mediums of transmission are favored in my research project?

Which sensations are the triggers of my research?

What feeling/perception would provoke my research to its receptors/audience/spectators?

How could I translate the emotions of cognitive statements of my research core in to a physical stimulus?


  1. Activity

Make a sensorial landscape/experience out of an object / some objects in the room

Share it with the others and compare experiences.



[1] FAURE Silvia, Apprendre par corps: Socio-anthropologie des techniques de danse, La Dispute, Paris, 2000.

[2]Characteristics of the Sensorimotor Stage: The first stage of Piaget’s theory lasts from birth to approximately age two and is centered on the infant trying to make sense of the world. During the sensorimotor stage, an infant’s knowledge of the world is limited to his or her sensory perceptions and motor activities. Behaviors are limited to simple motor responses caused by sensory stimuli. Children utilize skills and abilities they were born with (such as looking, sucking, grasping, and listening) to learn more about the environment.


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