Sensory workshops have been an ongoing part of my research methodology. I have run a number of them over the years, including at the Royal College of Art (for MA and PhD levels), Somerset House and Dissenters Gallery. Below some examples.
Sensory Workshops at Dissenters Gallery
The idea is to focus on the creative process and remain open, rather than concerned with the final product. This is very much in the spirit of play and the Surrealist games tradition.
In the longer term, the workshops should serve as a space where creative individuals can explore their ideas and initiate collaborations within the loose framework of Sensory Sites.
SENSING PLACE (ongoing)
Five day sensory workshop / residency, in beautiful surroundings of South Bohemia, focused on exploring our relationship to landscape/place, in order to inspire creativity, fuel the imagination and ground the body.
How do we get to know a particular place and how do we learn to experience it fully with all our senses? How can such an immersion in a place, create a space that helps us connect with who we are, in a particular moment in our lives? And how can this experience be used creatively, to feed the imagination, to open up our own habitual way of going about our business, to new ways of approaching challenge, whether artistic, professional or personal.
We will offer 5 days of focused and reflective workshop sessions, centred on exploring the relationship between oneself and our surroundings, through all the senses, in a small and focused group (maximum 16 participants), led by experienced artists/educators, within the tranquil surroundings of South Bohemian landscape. The approach is holistic, which means that even meals and their preparation and sharing, will be an integral part of the experience. More information: https://sensorysites.org/2020/02/07/sensing-place/
TEREZA STEHLIKOVA: TOUCH TALK TELL: SENSORY STORYTELLING
A workshop devised in response to the Perfume exhibition, building on Tereza’s ongoing artistic research into using all our senses to tell stories, by activating memories, emotions and imagination, in order to offer a more rich and nuanced experience of the every day.
Participants were invited to activate their less dominant senses (especially touch and smell), to explore the connection between these and our memories, emotions and imagination, and finally had the opportunity to use these new insights to create their own multi-sensory mini-stories.
This workshop was designed with adults in mind but no experience or expertise is necessary to participate.
Royal College of Art, 2009
The participants in this workshop had the opportunity first to feel and study (through touch and drawing) the tactile properties of various objects and materials, while exploring the links between the visual and tactile imaginations, as well as memories and associations created by the experience.