Sense and Visibility. Multisensory Experience beyond the visual.

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Sense and Visibility. Multisensory Experience beyond the visual.

We are living in a visual world. Images are dominating our everyday life. By focusing on this we neglect other sensory experiences.

By Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study

When and where

Date and time

Friday, March 31 · 9:30am - 5pm CEST


HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU) Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1 20457 Hamburg Germany

About this event

  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Sense and Visibility. Multisensory Experience of the Environment beyond the visual.

At this one-day multidisciplinary event we aim to put the focus on the importance of images in our society, in particular in relation to ‘environment’ while on the other hand we will highlight the role of other sensory experiences as well as interactions and multi-sensory representations and experiences.

The conference will span a range of disciplines including but not limited to e.g. Computer Science, Natural and Environmental Sciences including Climate Science, Acoustics, Landscape and Urban Planning, Visualisation and Media Studies.

Speakers and Presenters

  • Prof. Thomas Kersten, Conference Host, Photogrammetry & Laser Scanning Lab, HafenCity University Hamburg
  • Prof. Eckart Lange, Conference Chair, University of Sheffield, Universität Hamburg Fellow 2022/2023 at HIAS
  • Prof. Cat Hope, Monash University, Universität Hamburg Fellow 2022/2023 at HIAS
  • Dr. Ulrike Kastrup, FocusTerra, ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Jian Kang, Institute for Environment l Design and Engineering, University College London
  • Prof. Thorsten A. Kern, Institute for Mechatronics in Mechanics, Hamburg University of Technology
  • Dr. Nina Klar, Hamburg Authority for Environment, Climate, Energy and Agribusiness
  • Prof. Mojib Latif, President, Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg
  • Dr. Thea Lautenschläger, Loki Schmidt Botanical Garden, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Barbara Piga, Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana, Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof. Birgit Schneider, Institute for Arts and Media, Potsdam University
  • Prof. Hans Reiner Schultz, President, Hochschule Geisenheim


9:30 AM


9:45 AM

Widening the Scope: Ubiquitous Visual Representations and Our Sensory Environm

Prof. Eckart Lange

10:15 AM

Communicating Climate Change with Imagery and Beyond

Prof. Mojib Latif

Prof. Birgit Schneider

The Problem of Communicating Climate Change / Climate Change and the Power of Images

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM

Making the Invisible Visible and Perceivable

Dr. Ulrike Kastrup

Dr. Nina Klar

The invisible abiotic environment - making it perceivable / The Seemingly Invisible Biotic Environment and how the Senses of the Others work

12:15 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM

Making the Invisible Visible and Incorporating Multisensory Dimensions

Prof. Thomas Kersten

Prof. Barbara Piga

Visualising the Past / Visualising Multisensory Environmental Dimensions in Planning and Design

2:15 PM

Multi-Sensory Interactions. Haptics and Acoustics

Prof. Cat Hope

Prof. Jian Kang

Prof. Thorsten A. Kern

Acoustic Intervention / Soundscapes and Multi-Sensory Interactions / Haptic Environments

3:15 PM

Coffee Break

3:45 PM

Multi-Sensory Interactions. Smell and Taste

Dr. Thea Lautenschläger

Prof. Hans Reiner Schultz

Smellscapes of Natural Environments / Sensing Wine Landscapes in Times of Climate Change

4:45 PM

Concluding Remarks

5:00 PM

Wine Tasting and Sensory Quiz

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