Multisensory Practices

Wintersession
3 credits

Multisensory Practices offers a studio-lab context to explore modes of integrating alternative sensory modalities in artworks. By understanding cognitive processes active in perception, we will look at methodologies for making embodied sensory environments that stimulate experiential encounters. Through experimentation, lectures on cognitive science, and guided discussions on artistic practices, we will carefully examine elements within and around the work that communicate intent, mediate the audience's sensory experience and stimulate embodied connections through various perceptual channels.

This course will focus on providing tools to engage audiences at varying affective levels through an understanding of human sensibilities and methods of communication. We will discuss scientific readings about cognition, perception and the senses - identifying a sensorial spectrum including proprioception, spatial information and time - as well as their use in multisensory artworks. Through studio research, dialogue and critiques, students will then explore how to employ the senses into felt content. Centrally and throughout the course, students will be encouraged to find alternative means to communicate intent into sensorial encounters with the work.

The students will be provided with scientific readings on sense perception and installation art, as well as workshops on loudspeaker and video projector arrays. Lectures by guest speakers and a field trip to experience multisensory works will augment our research in this studio course as well.