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Apr 27, 2020 Practice Insight
Communicating cosmology with multisensory metaphorical experiences

by Roberto Trotta, Daniel Hajas, José Eliel Camargo-Molina, Robert Cobden, Emanuela Maggioni and Marianna Obrist

We present a novel approach to communicating abstract concepts in cosmology and astrophysics in a more accessible and inclusive manner. We describe an exhibit aiming at creating an immersive, multisensory metaphorical experience of an otherwise imperceptible physical phenomenon — dark matter. Human-Computer Interaction experts and physicists co-created a multisensory journey through dark matter by exploiting the latest advances in haptic and olfactory technology. We present the concept design of a pilot and a second, improved event, both held at the London Science Museum, including the practical setup of the multisensory dark matter experience, the delivery of sensory stimulation and preliminary insights from users' feedback.

Volume 19 • Issue 02 • 2020