Sensing Art: the place of touch in object-based research

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Is vision the most important sense for analysing an artistic object? How much do the other senses, particularly touch, come into play to increase self-awareness and enhance the experience of an artwork? What is lost from our research when we have no tactile access to the objects we work with? And how can we reconcile the increasing popularity of working with objects, when those objects are so often unreachable, when tactile interaction is more often than not, impossible? This workshop presents an opportunity to explore the concept of tactile interaction with artistic objects, and to think about how we might develop new tools to overcome a lack of touch in our work and construct a more rounded sensory approach. We aim not only to address these questions but also to pilot a new approach, one which might provide us with a different way of describing the artistic object by means of a language that is not centred on vision and which defies and challenges the sensory hierarchy.
Period26 Apr 2021
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionInternational