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    Posted: 26 September 2019

    float through colours on a swing

    immerse yourself in a tactile space

    Location: Natlab
    Date: 19 – 27 Oct
    Time: 11 – 19h
    Price: Free

    Homo Sensorium welcomes you for a sensorial experience, exploring human perception and technologies. We investigate the blurring borders between synthetic and organic, sense and perception, human and machine.

    During Dutch Design Week you can visit the Natlab to trigger your senses. You can visit the installations for free every day, immerse yourself in a tactile space or float through colours on a swing. During the week you can join the conversation during the artist talks, take a multisensory tour on Strijp-S, get (test) married in our Wedding Lab and more.

    Inevitably Blue
    by Sophia Bulgakova

    INEVITABLY BLUE is a participatory performance which deals with imaginary matters. The audience is invited one by one to participate and get inside the composition of coloured light and levitative movements of the swing. While sitting down wearing a light translucent mask, the performer behind the structure is activating and recomposing the balance of movements shaping the experience. The participant undergoes, losing the senses of reception, perception, and proprioception. Entering a space that only consists of color, own thoughts, projections, and imaginations. The experience within it allows to transcend from the present environment, travel to where colour exists when movement cuts the air, and dreams are intertwining with reality in more than one dimension.

    Sophia Bulgakova graduated at the ArtScience Interfaculty in Royal Academy of the Art, The Hague and Royal Conservatory, The Hague and currently develops het practice as a visual and performance artist. Most of her recent works are created with the intention of exploring a relationship between light and perception and particularly focusing on the individual abilities and ways of seeing. Creating spaces, situations or conditions for the audience to expand their perception and focus on their own personal unique experience inside the work itself.

    Homo Sensorium Space
    by Raphaël Coutin

    Our sense of touch defines our world and creates its understanding. Not only is it one of the first senses we develop, but according to neurobiologists David Linden, touch is one of the only senses that cannot be switched off. It is our guide and our most sensitive medium. But as we regularly pay ode to the sights, smells and tastes in our everyday lives, how often do we really take the time to consider and appreciate the marvels of touch?    

    The Homo Sensorium space lures you into a tactile experience. The visitor is invited to explore barefoot a soft, quiet and multi-textured environment. It invites you to experience a new space with child-like freedom - to kick off your shoes, lay on the floor, wonder about colours and listen to the space.

    Inspired by the graphical identity of Homo Sensorium, the space becomes a way to escape the mundane, predictable and harsh everyday reality.  Can it be that in our hyper-visualized and digitalised societies, the wonder and value of touch as a sense begins to fade?

    Raphaël Coutin has worked at the intersection of design and architecture as an independent studio, since 2015. Trained in sculpture at ENSAAMA in Paris and later in social design at Design Academy Eindhoven, Raphael develops his practices by collaborating with diverse creative studios, institutions and schools, exploring the creative world of design.


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    The Homo Sensorium program is a collaboration initiated by Baltan Laboratories with Broet and Natlab. Homo Sensorium at DDW is part of a multi-year trajectory developed by Baltan Laboratories and kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and Provincie Noord-Brabant. Check here the full program.

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