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The rest of your senses

We seek to challenge the dominance of vision. We want to smell cities, lick asphalt, construct buildings from snow and ice. We seek to better understand the subtle, sensorial qualities of the built environment. We are studying the transformation of the built environment through climatic control, the bodily experience of sound and ways to navigate using atmospheric conditions. Clearly, our senses shape every aspect of our interactions with our environment. How might a new state of sensorial attention reshape spaces?

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The Sensory Interior

Presentation by David Howes

Anthropologist David Howes analyses of a series of interiors he has encountered in the course of his field and archival research. Through a sensory studies approach, Howes illustrates how culture and sex modulate sensory perception in a wide range of contexts, from a men’s house in the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea to the exclusively feminine interior of A la Ronde in Exmouth, and from the dining room of a traditional Japanese house in Kamakura to the living room of a suburban bungalow in Levittown, USA.

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We invited David Howes to present this lecture in conjunction with our 2014 exhibition Rooms You May Have Missed.

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