WHEN SOUND PENETRATES THE PERSONAL SPACE



The project Personal Space Data Collection, Vol. 1 concentrates on the sense of hearing and the sound that enters our personal space. Hearing is the sense of sound perception. Hearing is all about vibrations. We hear when sound waves propagate through a medium such as air and are detected by the inner ear. The detection of these sound waves, that is, the sense of hearing, is a result of the eardrum mechanically conducting these vibrations through a series of tiny bones to hair-like fibres in the inner ear. Mechanoreceptors turn this motion into electrical nerve impulses. Sometimes these vibrations penetrate into our sound perception even if we do not want them to; for example, if we hear a loud noise through our window when we are sitting at home and we feel violated.

Does that mean that our personal space is being compromised?