Malde Vigneri

The lost senses

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Keywords: responsibility, sensory function, digital senses.

For a year now, the protective restrictions issued by government systems have relegated us to our homes, human contact have been regulated by prohibitions and isolation, the days marked by smart working and curfews, in an existential sensation increasingly characterized by a sense of bewilderment. One wonders what the obligation to physical distancing could mean for the human being, how the senses are engaged today, starting from the tactile one: in the state of neurophysiological equilibrium it is not perceived how much the skin, this very sophisticated functional system, is involved in our being in the world, how powerful it is and what its contribution is in our moving and taking measurements of the space surrounding us and of what it comes alive within us, even if in a condition of relative unawareness. In appealing to the assumption of «responsibility for the new» and to the need to keep alive the status of knowledge and understanding of phenomena, we ask ourselves what the current use of information technology as the prevailing form of communication entails for the sensory function in the human relationship, from the moment in which the world as we knew it, life, and the invisible security of daily habits have had to fall in the face of the health threat.

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