Nyam-nyam, Sniff-sniff, and other senses
These series are part of our project “Human.Nature”. They contain 8 meetings, aesthetic research workshops dedicated to sound, smell, taste, touch, sight, as well as the sense of self and sense of empathy. During the series we will experiment, explore, express, and experience our senses, accompanied by a mobile creativity suitcase, so that we can record our experiences and at the end of the journey each of us will create our own book of senses.
Main features of this project:
* Nomadic (workshops take place in diverse natural and cultural places in Berlin, indoors and outdoors)
* Intra-generational (open for anyone interested in exploring their senses and able to make this decision themselves)
* Multi-lingual (we will speak Deutsch, English, Русский, Español, Français, depending on participants)
* Phenomenon-based (workshops are not based on disciplines — it’s not about art, or science, or learning how to sing. It’s about experiencing /looking at /talking about each subject from different perspectives)
* Personal research (workshops are rooted in a personalised learning approach, based on self-directed inquiry and embodied culture)
OPENING OF THE SERIES
Workshop. Installation. Exhibition.
We want to open the series with starting a conversation about the human senses and what drives us to invite you into this collective investigation, as well as co-creating a multi-sensory forest installation. The author of LaForesta Spring 2019 portrait, artist from Moscow Olya Leontieva, will join us for the opening, in co-creating the installation and also bringing an exhibition of her personal work.
When: 30th March 11h-13h
Where: REH // Kopenhagener Straße 17 // 10437 Berlin
Entry: 1 person: 18 Eur
2 people from the same family: 28 Eur
3 people from the same family: 35 Eur
This workshop explores vision not only as one of our senses but also as a philosophical vision of life. What and how do we see? What stays invisible to our eyes? Can we learn something about ourselves through learning about how we see? In the contemporary visually-oriented culture we are continuously spoken to through images on social media, films, advertisement and so on. How do these influence our vision? How can we revive and free our vision to see things, people or situations in fresh ways? And as children, how can we keep the uniqueness of our personal vision? Looking at the trees and under a table, at each other and at the works of other artists, standing and hanging upside down, noticing and sensing, drawing and painting, we will practice seeing differently and perceiving more of the world around.
This workshop is dedicated to sound and silence, to listening and hearing, and to understanding even without words. The world is full of sounds. We will listen to the sounds of daily life of cats, leaves, cars, birds, alarms, water taps, bells, trees, and radiators. What is the oldest sound in the world? Who is the loudest animal on the planet? How do our bodies sound? What happens when our voices meet? How is music born? There’s more to listening than meets the ear. What are things that have no sound and we still hear them?
Everything smells. People, plants, books, animals, cities, birds, cars, liquid things and hard things, soft things and fuzzy things. Smell is our oldest sense. Before sight, hearing, even before touch, creatures on Earth evolved to respond to the smells around them. Smell connects to our deepest memories. We have at least 1000 different smell receptor types living in our noses, and we will dance with them during this workshop, going on smell walks, exploring the fragrant side of things around us, and inventing a new way of communicating what our noses feel.
Our skin is made from the same cell types as our brain. The feel of things, textures, surfaces, temperature, everything we touch or that touches us has its own identity for our hands and skin. Through touch we connect and communicate without words with our surroundings. Whether we are aware of it or not, our bodies are in a state of continual resonance with life around us in its multitude of forms. What is the experience of touching water compared to touching earth? How about if we touch with hands or with our feet? How can we explore touch through movement? And what are the basics of touch if we want to give someone a massage? Is painting also about touch? These are the questions we will explore during the workshop.
It is said that taste cells located on our tongues recognise five basic tastes: salty, bitter, sweet, sour and umami. There are however other elements that are key to our taste experience. We dedicate this workshop to our interactions with landscapes of food. Food as vital element of life, as a source of health, as friendship, as poetry, as memory, as a ceremony, as energy, as a conversation. We will create simple dishes, raw and cooked, and see how the flavours and textures change when we start playing with the different taste elements. On the one hand it’s about experiencing the different tastes from a single ingredient. On the other it’s also about understanding how cooking works if we rely on our own sense of taste and not necessarily follow the recipes.
SENSE OF SELF
Scientists argue that there are many more senses then these 5 “traditional”. There is a sense of balance and acceleration, temperature and gravity, proprioception and interoception. For the purposes of this series we put them all together in one that we call the sense of self. It’s a sense of perceiving one’s own body. This workshop will include a variety of exercises for movement and stillness, breathing and stretching, paying attention and discovering the inner world of the body, material and immaterial. To read more about our research and reasons behind why working with the body is central to what we do click here.
SENSE OF EMPATHY
This is not an official sense of course. Empathy means ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’. We chose to include this relational sense as the last part of our journey through the senses. This intricate ability that we have to attune to other human and non-human beings (and not to our assumptions or interpretations of them), is the base for living well with other people, and ecosystems of this planet. This workshop contains elements of theatre, visual arts, movement and voice/choir.
MY SENSES BOOK
The last meeting of the series is dedicated to uniting all the traces, recordings and impressions from the workshop experiences into a personal book. It will be facilitated by an illustrator and a book-maker from Foresta artists.
Foresta Academy is run by an interdisciplinary collective designing learning experiences that contribute to more sustainability on personal and collective levels. To ensure quality and depth of every learning experience, most of our workshops are taught by 2 trainers from Foresta Collective, bringing in a rich variety of perspectives, tools and experiences.
Cover image by Violeta Lopiz