Training the Senses: Spring Sessions

Training the Senses: Spring sessions
Lectures, work shops, warming ups at various locations

February – June 2016

Curator and producer

We tend to think of knowledge as school-taught, language-based and to a large extent visually acquired – through reading, viewing and insight. Yet we also know that our bodies are reservoirs of other forms of knowledge acquired through a collaboration of multiple senses: hearing, taste, smell and touch. We use our hands and noses to select fruit at the market. We smell to find a suitable mate, listen to sense danger and intuit to gauge the insecurity of others. The senses also provide information we are not always aware of. We know that a cook uses his sense of smell and taste to determine the freshness and combination of ingredients. Much less obvious is that a physician needs to train her hands to feel her way to a diagnosis or that a ceramics expert needs to hone his hearing to authenticate a porcelain bowl.
This Training the Senses series consist of presentations, workshops and even warm-ups focused on providing insight into these knowledge fields. They explore the ways we recognize and use our senses and, through training, also make sense of the world around us.

Presentations:
24 February: Anna Harris and Peggy Olislaegers
30 March: Peter Klosse and Garmt Dijksterhuis
13 April: Jenny Slatman and Kenneth Meijers
11 May: Tim Ingold
8 June: Ike Kamphof and Ruud Hendriks

Training the Senses is a collaborative project with the University of Maastricht.

For more information see the Marres website and the Training the Senses blog. Past presentations have been recorded and can be watched on Marres’ Vimeo channel.

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