Daria Martin: Sensorium Tests

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Sensorium Tests documents Daria Martin’s investigations of mirror-touch synaesthesia, a newly-discovered neurological condition whose subjects feel a physical touch to their own bodies when they witness touch to other people. Martin, who works primarily in the medium of film, uses these investigations as an allegory and oblique methodology through which to explore the way people experience and engage with art.

We worked in close collaboration with Martin to devise a system of graphic interventions which appear throughout the book, including a one-way mirror sheet (mimicking the one that appears in the film), bible paper tip-ins, and numerical pattern illustrations derived from pivotal neuroscientific experiments exploring mirror-touch synaesthesia. The feeling of the book is simple and tactile, somewhere between a scientific research paper and an artist’s book.