The Title! Everybody talk about it!

During the PR Meeting we came up with two options for the title, “Sentient Flow”  and “Sentient”.

Since it was consensus that most people do not know want sentient means, I will give you the definition below, but also propose the idea to have an ink blot test (Rorschach test), which would form an abstracted brian as the background image for the post card/pamflet to further clarify.


[sen-shuhnt] adjective

1.having the power of perception by the senses; conscious.

2.characterized by sensation and consciousness.

3.a person or thing that is sentient.
4.Archaic. the conscious mind.
1595–1605;  < Latin sentient-  (stem of sentiēns,  present participle ofsentīre  to feel), equivalent to senti-  verb stem + -ent-
So tell us how y’all feel in comments or during the next class.

Group descriptions

Creative Process

Exploring the trajectory of perception and creativity, we journey from the initial spark of inspiration though the synthesis and analysis of the brains left and right hemispheres. Our concentration addresses the ideas of abstraction through both visual and audible experimentations


We are creating a separation between what is ‘normal’ to us—seeing, hearing, and processing information in our brain. This separation is a moment where we get a chance to show people that their sight, vision, and perception of each, are so much more than just biological ‘tools.’

We will create an experience that will make the viewers live that moment of feeling ‘alive’ and conscious of their surroundings, followed by a sense that what is in their ‘sight’ is not a boring surrounding, but so much more. Our goal is to create a greater notion of perception and how it takes place in our lives.

Unexplored Minds

We aim to take the viewers on a sensory journey through the mind. Using image and sound we will capture the viewers attention and interfere with the path their thoughts take. We will use binaural beats and calming colors to sooth their minds and then loud noise and fast rhythms paired with enticing colors to excite them. Our show will make the viewers question why exactly certain things trigger the reactions they do. We don’t aim to explain the ways our minds work but rather raise the questions.

Inspiration Sources for Teams

Hey there! The mood-board presentations were amazing and I really wanted to give you guys a hand with artists examples and other sources that may help the creative juices to continue flowing as you work on creating your story boards.


Marilyn Minter 

I really liked the idea of creating visuals in a low-tech way. Either by using paint or milk and pigment or any other methods you guys can think of. While Minter’s work is not related to science, I thought that her play with materials and the visual effects that she produces may inspire you guys.

Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae considers herself to be a body architect, but her work has close ties to science and body-engineering. Here are a couple of videos you may enjoy and be inspired by.



MoMa Talk / Understanding and Sensing Images

This multidisciplinary series of discussions features prominent artists, art historians, scientists, conservators, and others as they provide a variety of perspectives on the complex process of experiencing art. Discussions explore the ways in which the perception of a single artwork evolves over time, how artists adopt optical and perceptive strategies as a means of influencing a particular sensorial experience, and the impact of recent scientific research and color theory on art and architecture.



Bart Hess

I believe one of you guys mentioned that performance does not need to be live and that it can be acted out on camera. Based on the movies that you guys showed us an this last thought, I saw the work of Bart Hess as possible inspiration for you, which includes the use of performances, sound and lighting.


Everybody should watch this.

read more about this link here.


Perception Group Update

Hello all,

I have been appointed to be the wrangler for the perception group. The past meeting we had as a group I tried to capture all of our thoughts together so that I could pass them on. With that being said I wanted to let everyone in on what our group has been talking about and working on.


After meeting and discussing our ideas with one another we decided to focus in on three areas of perception; vision, sound, and time. We are not using these three topics as restrictions, but as starting points.

To get a rough sense of timing for our portion of the show we started thinking of the information we are portraying in sections. The first 1-2 minutes would be introducing perception and transitioning the audience into our topic. After this “intro” we would move into our 3 main categories, spending about 3 minutes on each and allowing time for transitions between these topics. This plan is not set in stone and is subject to change, we are using this as our starting ground. This timing is a rough parameter for us to organize our thoughts and information into our allowed amount of time. We do not want our 10-13 minute portion to seem like it is chopped up. Our plan is to keep a gradual flow and balance between the information we are relaying. 


In addition to starting a rough timing layout, we have also established elements we want and do not want to have.

A big part of our discussion revolved around the overall sound of our piece. We felt that in order to reach out and teach something to the general public there would have to be some form of narration. However, we do not want to be over narrative with this. We are planning to have our verbal information relayed to the audience in a poetic mannar. Also, we do not want to think of our sound in terms of background sound/music and voice overs, we want our sounds to be integrated  and heard as one sound. 

Part of our topic is on the perception of sound. We are going to play with the feeling of sound, as well as sounds that can and cannot be heard. Sound will not just be a “topic” we cover within perception, but a major sense that ties our whole piece together.

In addition to talking about sound, we discussed many visual aspects as well. We have a list of visuals we know we want to have. We are now working on further developing these visuals into our storyline. 

Lastly I wanted to address the mood board that is being put together. We are going to have a collection of images, text, and video clips, to capture the general mood we want to portray. This will be presented in class on Wednesday.


We look forward to meeting with the other groups and sharing mood boards on Wednesday!