The three-room installation, displayed in Spazio Maiocchi, ventures into neuroaesthetics – which is a field of neuroscience research investigating how the brain responds to beauty. A Space For Being comprises three different room environments for visitors to wander around.
Designed by architect Suchi Reddy, each interior features a specific selection of furniture pieces by Scandinavian brand Muuto. Named Essential, Vital and Transformative, the spaces feature subtle variations of lighting, scent, music, artwork and materials – creating distinct sensory experiences.
Before entering, each visitor will be equipped with a wearable band designed by Google Hardware. The band includes sensors that measure biometric data, including the wearer's heart activity, breathing rate, skin temperature and body motion. At the end of the installation, the results are analysed with the help of an algorithm developed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins's Arts + Mind.
"There are very different vibes, so to speak, amplified for differences. It's all very subtle. Of course, people are going to walk into a room and say, ‘I really like this.' But I hope the band might show their psychology was more comfortable in a different room," Google's vice president and head of hardware design, Ivy Ross, in a statement.
A Space For Being will mark Google's second appearance at Milan's Salone del Mobile, opening on April 9. Last year, the company presented its debut exhibition Software that displayed the tech hardware among everyday objects.
A Space For Being will be on view at Spazio Maiocchi in Milan, from April 9 to 14. – AFP Relaxnews
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