Shut your Eyes and Drown the Body

Shut your Eyes and Drown the Body

Dec 3, 2015: Louisiana Museum Copenhagen

Two years ago Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, launched a program focused on the senses. The program was fueled by two ambitions. The first was to develop alternatives for the visually induced cognitive model that rules most of our schooling (and exhibition spaces). The second was to explore a vocabulary for the senses that bridged the world of art and everyday life. Marres organized a series of exhibitions, including The Winter Anti Depression Show (about depression and sense stimuli), Undertones (about sound, the body and architecture), The Unwritten (about the sensory perception of history), Intimacy (about bodily signalled spiritual comfort) and The Relativity of Matter (about the struggling body). All these exhibitions offered immersive spaces and experiences. In order to develop a vocabulary for the visitors’ bodily response to these spaces, we host a lecture and workshop series focused on practical knowledge and training the senses. What have we learned? A diffuse grasp of varied matter: singing traditions, physical reflexes, and the meaning of bodily proximity to name a few. The big challenge is now to find a pattern and a language to communicate it.

Follow this link to watch the recorded presentation online.

For a more complete list of lectures, presentations, and debates, click here