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1st Edition

Sensory Arts and Design

Edited By

Ian Heywood

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ISBN 9781350080102
Published July 26, 2018 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Artists, designers and researchers are increasingly seeking new ways to understand and explore the creative and practical significance of the senses. This ground-breaking book brings art and design into the field of sensory studies providing a clear introduction to the field and outlining important developments and new directions. A compelling exploration of both theory and practice, Sensory Arts and Design brings together a wide variety of examples from contemporary art and design which share a sensory dimension in their development or user experience. Divided into three parts, the book examines the design applications of new technology with sensing capacities; the role of the senses in creating new imaginative environments; and the significance of the senses within different cultural practices. The thirteen chapters cover a highly diverse range of issues – from the urban environment, architecture and soundscapes to gustatory art, multisensory perception in painting, music and drawing, and the relationship between vision and smell. Initiated by Insight, a research group at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts –widely recognised as a center of research excellence – the project brings together a team of experts from Britain, Europe and North America. This timely book is destined to make a significant contribution to the scholarly development of this emerging field. An important read for students and scholars in sensory studies, design, art, and visual culture.

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsNotes on ContributorsIntroductionIan Heywood, LICA, Lancaster University, UK Part 1: Sensory Arts and Design, New Technologies and the Urban Environment1. Shadowplay: Liberation and Exhilaration in Cities at NightNick Dunn, LICA, Lancaster University, UK2. The Role of Playfulness ans Sensory Experiences in Design for Public Health and for Ageing WellEmmanuel Tsekleves, Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK and Andy Darby, LICA, Lancaster University, UK3. Can We Give Ourselves Extra Senses? Exploring Sensory AugmentationNaomi Jacobs, LICA, Lancaster University, UK, and Jonny Huck, Manchester University, UK4. Sonifying Memory: Creative Approaches to Representing Socially Constructed SoundscapesLinda O’Keeffe, LICA, Lancaster University, UKPart 2: The Range of Sensory Arts and Design: Extensions, Realizations and Capacities5. Scented Colours: The Role of Olfaction in Futurism and Olfactory (Re-)constructionsCaro Verbeek, Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands 6. Museums of Good Taste, Artworks of Good Taste: Gastronomic Contemporary Art Mark Clintberg, Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada7. The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of Sensory DesignJoy Malnar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA8. Music: Seeing and Feeling With the EarsAlan Marsden and Richard Leadbeater, LICA, Lancaster University UKPart 3: Vision, Touch and Technologies of Sense9. Art Spectatorship and the Senses: An Eye Movement Analysis Exploring the Experience of Viewing Paintings and ReproductionsBeth Harland, LICA, Lancaster University, UK and Nick Donnelly, University of Southampton, UK10. Sensing Atoms and BitsPaul Coulton, Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK11. Drawn Away from Vision: Encounters with the UnseenSarah Casey and Gerry Davies, LICA, Lancaster University, UK12. From Impressionism to Opticality: An Episode in the Sensory History of ArtIan Heywood, LICA, Lancaster University, UK13. A Choreography of the Senses: The Painter's StudioPip Dickens, LICA, Lancaster University, UKIndex

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Ian Heywood is Research Fellow at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University, UK


"If, like the contributors to this volume, you have ever felt that Western culture values vision too highly at the expense of other senses or multisensorial approaches, then you will certainly find this anthology thought provoking and enlightening. - Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford This impressive and comprehensive collection of original essays follows and radicalizes what David Howes called the sensory turn, deepening the analysis and hugely expanding the range of sensory and cultural phenomena that has been covered by the study of the senses in art and design until now. - Malcolm Barnard, Loughborough University, UK This edited collection of essays on the relationship between the senses, arts and design is a long awaited addition to the ‘sensory turn’ in the arts, human and social sciences. Bringing together artists, critics and theorists, Sensory Arts and Design offers thought-provoking and challenging texts on how sensory thinking and sensory engagements underpin the cultural life of artefacts, artistic practice and design. This exciting diversity of essays provides an important resource for anyone interested in expanding their sensory knowledge within the field of art practice and design as well as those looking for inspiring creative methods. It is an essential read for anyone interested in the interactions between the senses, art and culture. - Monica Degen, Brunel University London, UK"