The Sensorial Gym

The Everyday Martian


How will humans adapt to a life lived almost entirely indoors? Who will get to govern this new settlement? Will a 687-day year transform how we work and rest? What rituals and beliefs might emerge to cope with the sensory deprivation of a monochrome planet?

Living on Mars will radically change our living space and the way we interact with our surroundings. In an environment deprived of sensory exposure, how will we counteract the psychological stress of interplanetary living? Through a circuit of guided exercises, visitors have embarked on a holistic journey of tactile play. This had the purpose of stimulating the senses in an effort to sustain both physical and mental wellbeing.

The Everyday Martian was a collaborative project between the MA Material Futures and The Design Museum, during the 'Moving to Mars' exhibition in London.

The Sensorial Gym was one of the four other inclusive experiences proposed during this afternoon workshop in collaboration with

Molly Bonnel, Florence Schneider, Lars Dittrich, Valerie Epping, Quiyang Jin and Alisa Ruzavina.

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