Wherein Marguerite explores a newly discovered ethereal sensorium on the surface of a pale planet.
She came from one sensorium to a new one where nothing was familiar. Her body could not feel itself through the materials and media that now surrounded it. And so it was lost. It just vanished. So now she roams worlds hunting for a new sensorium where her mind might find her body again, and for it all to make sense.
Note: Before she departed earth to explore new worlds and new realms of sensation-thought, she read that a lady called Constance Classen and some guy called Marshall McLuhan had already found a way to explain how her body might have got lost.
McLuhan called it the Alphabet Effect. A varying ratio of the senses. Each culture values a particular sense or senses over others. So could a person from one culture loose the sense of self when deposited in another culture because their sensorium has developed to create a world of meaning that becomes irrelevant in the new place where these sensations can no longer be felt?
Classen realised that individuals develop a unique sensorium where they dwell and make meaning and some senses maybe deprived so other senses flourish.
Partly a culture defines a person’s sensorium.
Artists, musicians, people who lost one sense or another, or ‘wild children’ or neglected or abused children will develop extraordinary sensoriums where some senses are intensified over others or intermingle in different ways – a synaesthesia.
This is where the body dwells or rather this is where the mind can find its body, feel it and feel the world and make meaning. Materials, media, how the senses use them, by seeing them, smelling them or touching them or all of the above, defines how the body feels and how it makes sense of its environment. If everyone around you sees more than feels, then a body that feels more than sees is lost ? Some worlds are made up of scents. The body comes alive at the scent of jasmine or frangipane. Ethereal body of smell.