Opening to the public this Monday is "Our Senses: An immersive Experience," the latest multimedia exhibition from New York's American Museum of Natural History.
"Our Senses" showcases the art and science of perception - and unlike most museum shows, you are encouraged to look, listen, touch (and even smell, in one case) this set of curated interactive experiences as a means to get better in touch with your own senses. A fun house for children and adults alike, this exhibition reveals how the biological underpinnings of our sensory experiences illuminate our surroundings and create conscious experience.
“Our senses are essential to how we live and make sense of the world around us. They provide pleasure, warn us of danger, and allow us to interact with one another,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. “But how exactly do they work, why did they evolve the way they did, and what things are we not able to sense or perceive accurately? In a kind of ‘sequel’ to our 2010 exhibition about the brain, 'Our Senses: An Immersive Experience' will explore the intriguing power of our sensory perceptions, offering our visitors not only highly enjoyable learning experiences, but an enriched perspective on what makes us human.”
You can explore these 11 interactive galleries starting November 20th, 2017 through January 6th, 2018. For more information, visit AMNH's website HERE.
Selecting: Visitors try a variety of experiences that reveal how our brains are wired to prioritize certain signals and focus on particular cues and details, such as movement or human faces. Visitors touch sensors on models of a coyote, human, and dolphin heads, activating a digital display representing the neural pathways associated with these senses. ©AMNH/R. Mickens
Train a Brain: Computers can learn to perceive the world around them using artificial neural networks—computing systems that mimic the way human brains learn. Visitors are invited to arrange puzzle-like pieces atop a sensor to create pictures of common, everyday objects, such as a butterfly, house, or car, and challenge the computer to guess what it is based on prior input. Over time, the computer records the different ways individuals choose to create images of the various objects and becomes more adept at recognizing them.©AMNH/C. Chesek