Art as sense making (2/3). How rarely we are where we are.

If I can, in some way, be everywhere at the same time, where am I really?

Even now, the data traffic on the internet amounts to some 1 exabyte every day, according to Wikipedia; that is one billion gigabytes. If those numbers don’t say anything to you, maybe this comparison will make things clear: that volume of data is equivalent to 2,500 times the amount of all of the books that have ever been written in any language around the world. And that’s every day! What superior forces of digital information capacity are we actually up against nowadays? After all, these volumes of data also need to be processed by someone – by us?

Quite clearly, it is now time to learn new cultural techniques: as yet, we have not found the key to using these tremendous achievements, information streams and data volumes to instrumentally evolve us as humans in our relationship to ourselves, to our fellow beings, to our Mother Earth.

What is certain is that the achievements of recent decades have transformed our slow analogue world into a fast digital and complex world. Viewed systemically, complexity means ever more effort. Our present, complex world demands of us humans more effort, more energy in the context of work and recreation.

With these new energy-related challenges, the analogue, the physical experience once again gains in importance – and with it, so too does the material place, the graspable space, in the truest sense of the word. It sounds like a paradox: in the age of smartphones, Facebooks and virtual realities, modern man is developing deep in his core a longing for deceleration and sensuousness – for tranquillity, tenderness and touch.
The designed spaces in which we live have today acquired the task of having a regenerative effect and of strengthening us humans energetically by touching us. And we humans are best touched via our senses, because it is only via our senses that we perceive our worlds – as true. It is therefore a case of designing new spaces, new places: places that touch us. Places for touching that localize us.

How can a »space« achieve this?

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