Cosmic Sleep

Experience the journey of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko through warmth.

Cosmic sleep is a multi-sensory installation which engages touch, sound and smell. Covered under a blanket of cooling and heating elements, you experience the journey of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko traveling through our solar system. During this 4 minutes journey the visitor experience is the extreme temperature changes occurring in space travel from the outer regions to its close flyby around the sun.

On Quartzy you can read an article about the installation Cosmic Sleep, and New Dialect that I also helped building, during the exhibition at International Flavors & Fragrances’s New York City. IFF’s exploration is about the role of scents in an increasingly tech-dominated future.

Cosmic Sleep is developed by Polymorf, in cooperation with International Flavours & Fragrances. During the build I helped the team with building frames and constructing the thermal blanket.

installation interactive tactile


Cosmic sleep is part of a research project called Thermocorpus. This research focuses on the effect thermal stimulation of the body has on story immersion.  It uses a specially developed ‘suit’ on which heat patterns are projected using thermal pixels. These pixels change temperature in a split second from cool to warm and back. With more than 240 pixels ranging in size from 1 x 1 cm to 5 x 5 cm it uses the whole body as a medium. I helped Polymorf with building frames and constructing the thermal blanket.

Temperature affects your mood stronger than other senses. Heat and cold can bring a strong pleasure or discomfort to the body. Frederik Duerinck is interested in how we can affect the body in order to strategically strengthen our experience and tell new sensory stories.

Cosmic Sleep was on exhibited during the Playgrounds Blend festival in Breda.