Uncovering Tereza’s Many Sensory Journeys

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One year on we catch up with Dr Tereza Stehlikova (original interview here), the brains behind the Journey to the Interior, what’s she’s been up to and what is in the pipeline for this busy lady.

As a filmmaker, it’s expected that the project culminated in moving image format along with still images. Here are some great links to her work and feedback: videos of interviews with selected participants, a video of the developmental process and a short film: Journey to the Centre of the Earth, based on the performance.

There is also a lovely write up of the experience by Monika Parrinder and a summary by Tereza herself.

The project in itself took several months of workshops and coordination with many other artists and practitioners. Therefore it’s not surprising that Tereza is building upon this success with many other projects, and these are just the sensory specific ones!

She presented Journey to the Centre of the Earth at Prague Porous Borders (part of Prague Quadrennial), and did another run of the live event at Jihlava Documentary film festival.

Image from Jihlava film festival

Image from Jihlava film festival

She balances time on one off projects such as running a Touch, Talk, Tell: sensory storytelling workshop at the Somerset House alongside running a Sensory research cluster at the Royal College of Art, aimed at PhD students (https://cinestheticfeasts.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/worm-wood-reflections/). She presented her sensory research at Focus Inside Festival.

Tereza is currently making a new film, Ophelia’s Last Supper, which continues her exploration into food and embodiment.

Ophelia's Last Supper project

Ophelia's Last Supper project

Future plans include a potential book on her research into sensory aesthetics, tactility and film.

She is also planning to continue the great work of Journey to the Interior into time and space!

The plan is to collaborate with astrophysicist Roberto Trotta and adapt the concept of a journey told through all the senses, to take participants on a journey in time, into the state of 'primordial universe'. As with Journey to the Interior, the sensory triggers will include edible ones, made in collaboration with a chef. We can't wait to see how her team will translate certain abstract scientific concepts, data and facts, into a lived sensory experience, and thereby introducing an emotional connection.

Along with Open Senses 2019, she is excited to be creating a performance for Prague Quadrennial in 2019

You can keep up with her many many adventures through her websites:



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