On Touch: A Visualization of Walt Whitman’s Musings

The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, a MOOC from Harvard University, presents artistic ruminations on the nature of sensation in a series of animations called Poetry of Perception (we’ve previously featured work from this project). The course looks to answer the question: How do we perceive the world? It’s a question that neuroscience has sought to tackle, but which poets and artists have pursued for even longer. In this short animation by Caitlin Craggs, an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” is visualized in quirky stop-motion animation.

The series was conceived of and produced by Nadja Oertelt, and the full set of videos can be found on Vimeo.