2018: Ideas in Progress


Open Senses was launched in May 2017 as the world’s first festival dedicated to sensory practice and research - uniting a diverse group of practitioners dedicated to exploring the senses. In 2018 we present Open Senses: Ideas in Progress, a chance to bring the sensory community together on a regular basis, with the goal of opening up pathways for experimentation and collaboration.

It is an informal space to play and test out ideas and new work. We encourage applications from artists, musicians, neurologists, psychologists, SEN workers, animators, chefs, perfumers and any practitioner working with the senses. Each event lasts 2 hours and includes four presentation slots plus time to discuss and workshop ideas with the group.

The first event, on 2nd March at Rich Mix, was sold out and featured contributions from Guerilla Science, Sarah McCartney, Heloise Turnstall-Behrens and Wisp. 

Our second event, on Friday 8th June at Rich Mix featured three participatory projects that responded to a range of issues linked to closeness and belonging; including migration, politics of touch and tactile deprivation, and the identity of people with learning disabilities across history. 

Our next event will be held on Friday 7th of September at Rich Mix. Across the event we will be exploring the concept of control. Our three participatory projects will stimulate the audience's senses asking some serious questions about society's relationship with control. What is happening to us sensorially when are in control, when we lose control and when we are being controlled?