Cosmic Sleep

Take the perspective of a comet on its journey through space. The experience engages touch, sound and smell, to make sensory stories.

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

Featured on Quartzy, the installation Cosmic Sleep and New Dialect which I also helped build, 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 worked with the team on realising the thermal blanket.

storytelling tactile temperature


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.

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