Journey to the Interior
May
21
6:30 pm18:30

Journey to the Interior

  • Dissenters' Gallery

A multi-sensory performance using the poetic medium of food to take its participants on a geological journey of the imagination, following in footsteps of professor Liedenbrock, and his great uncle, the geologist George Bellas Greenough. More info here.

This event is by invitation only. 

The Power Of Ecstasy
May
21
6:30 pm18:30

The Power Of Ecstasy

  • Hanbury Street London, England, E1 United Kingdom

Jules Evans, Policy Director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London and leading researcher in ecstatic experience, explores ancient and modern scientific, cultural and philosophical research in this talk about ecstatic experiences and what we gain from mastering the art of ‘losing control’.

Relax With Paintings
May
21
2:00 pm14:00

Relax With Paintings

  • National Gallery

An aurally led meditative experience exploring the relationship between Victorian paintings and scent.

 

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Movement Alphabet
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Movement Alphabet

Movement Alphabet invites you on a personal journey of memory and movement to create and keep your Movement Portrait. This interactive installation combines one-to-one performance with bespoke software to challenge the disembodied nature of our digital lives.

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I=U
May
21
10:00 am10:00

I=U

  • Rich Mix

i=u presents interactive, improvised performances and workshops where performers and you create together over the May 20/21 weekend. In the meantime, join our #improvaday campaign on Instagram – @improvaday – more info here.

HtS-Labs: Institute for Sensory Reconnection
May
21
May 22

HtS-Labs: Institute for Sensory Reconnection

  • The Old Truman Brewery

Out-of-body perspectives, olfactory puzzles, invisible haptics, and more. The Institute for Sensory Reconnection invites you to explore the science of perception in a whole new way. An immersive, multi-sensory spin on escape-games for groups of 2-4 individuals.

Open Senses Hub
May
21
10:00 am10:00

Open Senses Hub

  • The Trampery

At the heart of Open Senses Festival is the Open Senses Hub which will unify the entire festival and be the headquarters for the weekend. 

For more information go to the Hub page

Umweltern
May
21
10:00 am10:00

Umweltern

  • Royal Academy of Arts

A site specific immersive performance that stimulates a new perception of architecture through the senses. The performance examines our experience of architecture and space, by drawing together the history and mythology of Burlington House and the aristocratic families who lived there.

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Sencity
May
20
May 21

Sencity

  • Islington Assembly Hall

Beyond merely listening to live bands, Sencity invites you to hear, taste, feel and even smell the nuances of the music. An aroma jockey, vibrating floors, video artists, dancers and food scientists display their artistry hand-in-hand with the Balkan beats of Gypsy Hill and ska band New Town Kings.

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We Are Now
May
20
May 21

We Are Now

  • Juju's Bar and Stage

A multi sensory, late night party combining energetic live music, dancing and magnetic performances.

Journey across galaxies and dance floors with cinematic, cosmic, jazz, join covert adventure games and discover sensational mini spectacles to tingle your toes and seduce your senses.

The Crossmodalist Cabaret: Music, Drama, Sex, Photography, and Art
May
20
May 21

The Crossmodalist Cabaret: Music, Drama, Sex, Photography, and Art

Invoking the spirit of Cabaret - bringing together a mix of cross-disciplinary artists and scientists from around the world for one weekend only, for a combination of performance, revelry, and hedonistic surprise.

Expect provocation. Expect inspiration. Expect the unexpected.

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Tapestries: BitterSuite
May
20
3:00 pm15:00

Tapestries: BitterSuite

  • Royal Opera House (Clore Studio)

A choreographed sensorial concert that is set to enhance an ingenious reworking of Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1.

Babel in Bloom
May
20
May 21

Babel in Bloom

  • St Augustine's Tower

A weekend at St Augustine's Tower combining dance, poetry, prose, storytelling and performance art all creating new forms of communication between human beings whose bodies perceive the world in extremely different ways.

FREE

Law and The Senses
May
20
2:00 pm14:00

Law and The Senses

  • Westminster University, Room 152

Westminster University hosts Law and the Senses which will investigate the relationship between law and the senses through a live panel discussion and experimental workshops.

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Movement Alphabet
May
20
May 21

Movement Alphabet

  • The Old Truman Brewery, S4

Movement Alphabet invites you on a personal journey of memory and movement to create and keep your Movement Portrait. This interactive installation combines one-to-one performance with bespoke software to challenge the disembodied nature of our digital lives.

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Firnocene: Elephants and Volcanoes
May
20
May 21

Firnocene: Elephants and Volcanoes

  • The Old Truman Brewery: S5

Firnocene is a participatory art installation that immerses its visitors (one at a time) in a multi-sensorial encounter with the element water.

Familiar Spaces
May
20
11:00 am11:00

Familiar Spaces

How familiar does the city around you feel? Join Disegno, The Finnish Institute in London and the British Council for a walking tour of the King's Cross redevelopment and a talk about new urban developments in Helsinki, London and beyond. 

I=U
May
20
May 21

I=U

  • Rich Mix

i=u presents interactive, improvised performances and workshops where performers and the audience create together over the weekend.

HtS-Labs: Institute for Sensory Reconnection
May
20
May 21

HtS-Labs: Institute for Sensory Reconnection

  • The Old Truman Brewery

Out-of-body perspectives, olfactory puzzles, invisible haptics, and more. The Institute for Sensory Reconnection invites you to explore the science of perception in a whole new way. An immersive, multi-sensory spin on escape-games for groups of 2-4 individuals.

Three Studies of Synaesthesia
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Three Studies of Synaesthesia

  • Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

What are some inspiring properties of synaesthesia that can be used within the context of design? The exhibition displays designer Chang Hee Lee’s project Three Studies of Synaesthesia that tries to uncover and investigate different properties of synaesthesia as a design provocation.

Events at the V&A
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Events at the V&A

  • Victoria & Albert Museum

Children and families are invited to take part in hands-on making and multi-sensory fun at the V&A. 

FREE

Umwelten
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Umwelten

  • Royal Academy of Arts

A site specific immersive performance that stimulates a new perception of architecture through the senses. The performance examines our experience of architecture and space, by drawing together the history and mythology of Burlington House and the aristocratic families who lived there.

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Ushers Syndrome
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Ushers Syndrome

  • Moorfields Eye Hospital

A print and digital media exhibit created by Marcus Innis and in partnership with Sense UK at Moorfields Eye Hospital. 

Open Senses Hub
May
20
May 21

Open Senses Hub

  • The Trampery

At the heart of Open Senses Festival is the Open Senses Hub -- the headquarters for the weekend and your pit stop for all things sensory. 

For more information go to the Hub page