Session 3.4.6: WORKSHOP: The Multisensory Gaze: Triggering the Senses of Smell, Touch and Proprioception by Looking at Images

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WORKSHOP: The Multisensory Gaze: Triggering the Senses of Smell, Touch and Proprioception by Looking at Digital Images
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Workshop
When:
15:30, Saturday 8 May 2021 (1 hour 30 minutes)
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Leader: Caro Verbeek, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Humanities, Netherlands

Since covid-19 we are living in a digital and even more ocularcentric world than ever before. We constantly communicate online and mainly seem to address our sense of sight and hearing. This means that more intimate sensations such as smelling and touching have become rarer and therefore more valuable and meaningful. This workshop is about sensations evoked by images and ‘visual’ art and thus addressing the sense of touch, smell and even our inner senses (proprioception) through our sense of sight. It will help people realize that although our eyes give us access to many art forms, they often allude to multi-sensory realities and concepts ill-represented by words. Topics discussed will include 'the haptic gaze', ‘affordance’, 'the proprioceptic gaze', 'synaesthesia' and 'olfactorisation' (imagining scents). We’ll listen to Débussy’s music, look at synaesthetic art works, and tactile film clips. Besides looking at carefully selected sensory images together, we will start with a multisensory meditation. Afterwards people will have an increased awareness of the multi- sensory nature of (visual) art and how the senses are interlinked. This workshop is suitable for art and sensory historians and museum professionals as well as those curious about perception in general.For this hands-on, nose-on workshop please have ready the following items: cinnamon or cloves, peppermint or mint, rosemary, a cedarwood pencil and sharpener (most are made of cedarwood), and nail polish remover and a piece of paper.


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Vrije Universiteit

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