Tate Sensorium: experience art with all your senses

Written by Lily Bonesso for i-d.vice.com https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/wake-up-and-smell-the-art-at-tate-sensorium

From the kids who started playing candy crush the moment they slipped out the womb, to gadget-obsessed geriatrics, technology is the go to attraction of the 00s. So, for art to remain truly relevant, it needs to grow collaboratively with the technology we are all so hooked on.

Cue Tate Gallery’s IK Prize, an annual initiative to support the use of technology in helping audiences experience art from a fresh perspective. In 2014, After Darkallowed online users to steer robots around Tate Britain in the dead of the night. Now, a year later, Flying Object’sTate Sensorium is being unveiled. Their idea goes like this… Imagine if aside from just seeing a painting, you could also taste it, hear it and feel it? Well now you can, and, as with all the best things in life, it’s free.

Flying Object have chosen four paintings by Richard Hamilton, Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and John Latham, and, in a softly carpeted, slate-grey room, you can get acquainted with each in new, unpredictable ways. Master chocolatier Paul A Young will explode your mind with a totally bizarre edible experience. Fragrant smells created by scent expert Odette Toilette will waft past you, using high tech perfume release gadgetry. Sounds designed by Nick Ryan will ring in your ears in three dimensions thanks to binaural and directional audio systems. Then, some pioneering touchless haptics technology will use ultrasound to focus air pressure on your hands, setting you all aquiver. Throw in some expertly designed lighting and Tamsin Greig’s voice in your ear (amongst other things) and you should come out feeling fantastically stimulated. If this hasn’t satisfied your cravings for digital wizardry, you can also wire yourself up and receive a full report demonstrating how the stimuli have affected you. To all you geeks, art-lovers, and the sensually self-indulgent out there, try not tomiss out on seeing these seminal works from all sensory angles.

Tate Sensorium runs from August 26 until September 20 at Tate Britain.


“Art and Alzheimer’s” Workshop


Today, the International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International officially started in Perth, Australia. I had the chance to attend a very interesting workshop organized by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

The “Art and Alzheimer’s” workshop allowed us the participants to get a better idea of the different art activities the gallery offers to people living with Alzheimer’s disease. 

They also gave us the chance to be part of one of the activities they offer in which they show people living with Alzheimer’s one of the works of art they show at the gallery and then they ask them to reproduce a similar piece based in their own memories and lives. 

This time, we worked with the painting called “Self-portrait” by the artist Iris Francis.


After looking at it in detail, we then started to replicate the painting using our own experiences and the different materials the gallery provided.

These were some of the resulting pieces. 


This is an excellent way of stimulating people living with Alzheimer’s, it not only helps them express themselves artistically but it also keeps their memory, motor skills and creativity active.