Parsons faculty Sugandha Gupta is a textile artist and maker who emphasizes the need to engage through the senses. She believes in discovering her strengths in her senses by working with her hands using a variety of different techniques and materials. She uses natural fibers such as paper, silk, cotton , cords, wool and transforms them by manipulating the materials. She creates a variety of textures and adds scents as well as sounds to create an immersive and evocative experience for her audience. Her work exist between the realms of art and design and carries a message of inclusion in society.
Sensory design recognizes that we understand and navigate the world with all five of our senses. Organized into nine thematic sections, The Senses demonstrates that by opening up to multiple sensory dimensions, designers reach a greater diversity of users.
The University of Pennsylvania commissioned 10 sound artists to respond to 10 landscape photographs in its art collection.
Galleries are overwhelmingly visual. But people are not – the brain understands the world by combining what it receives from all five senses. Can taste, touch, smell and sound change the way we ‘see’ art?
Displace 2.0 puts sensory experience in the foreground. Groups of visitors progress through the three floors of the space, encountering a series of environments and experience sensory actions that intermingle the senses of smell, taste, sight, sound and touch. At first, these sensory modalities are separated from each other, but grow over time to cause intense, almost hallucinatory sensations merging to a point of pure saturation.
As ASMR videos have sped across the internet, artists have started making their own versions, inducing shivers with soft sounds like clacking, cracking, scratching, and whispering.
That color and smell have a sensory connection is long-established, but there’s debate about whether associating the smell of strawberries with red or smoke with black is something structured in our brains, based in language, or resulting from experience. A study published this week in the peer-reviewed, open-access PLoS One called “Cross-Cultural Color-Odor Associations” suggests it may be cultural.
As visitors strolled through a recent display of Madame de Pompadour’s coffee grinder, an 1840s Sèvres porcelain coffee set, tea canisters, sugar bowls and other European decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the scent of roasted coffee beans arose in one room. Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata played in the background.
UK chemists even followed their noses to the Tate, where they tested three decades-old plastic sculptures.
You Know What London Looks Like. But Have You Really Heard It?
The musician Dessa took a sensory tour in the city with the synesthete LJ Rich. Here is how it sounded.
Let’s be blunt: The tongue is really dumb. Unlike the rest of our sensory organs, which are exquisitely sensitive, that lump of exposed muscle sitting in the mouth is a crude perceptual device, able to only detect five different taste sensations. (Your cochlea, in contrast, contains thousands of different hair cells, each of which is tuned to particular wavelengths of sound.)
Increasingly sophisticated virtual reality can reward almost every sense, creating a fiction that the brain believes is authentic. Stevyn Colgan explores the addictive possibilities of this sensory immersion, from calorie-free eating to victimless crimes.
A documentary film set entirely in a cable-car line in Nepal that allows us to just sit and observe and listen.
Originally a sculptor, Sam Taylor-Johnson began working in photography, film, and video in the early 1990s. The split between being and appearance in situations where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict – has always been in the centre of her creative work.
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think?