Image: Brendan George Ko, Lava Tube, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. © Brendan George Ko, 2017

We tend to think of knowledge as school-taught, language-based and to a large extent visually acquired – through reading, viewing and insight. Yet we also know that our bodies are reservoirs of other forms of knowledge, acquired through a collaboration of multiple senses: hearing, taste, smell and touch. We use our hands and noses to select fruit at the market. We smell to find a suitable mate, listen to sense danger and intuit to gauge the insecurity of others.

To explore these body knowledges, Marres develops a series of presentations, workshops and even warm-ups titled Training the Senses. In collaboration with experts from divergent disciplines, this series researches the vocabulary of body sensing, annotation systems and training methods.

Training the Senses Sessions 2017

Season 2017 of the Senses our training program offers a rich diversity of topics and experts. We are investigating ways to measure space and our environment through hearing, movement and mixing of the senses. The series includes sessions on plant and animal observation Natasha Myers, Thought Collider and Espen Sommer Eide, audio workshops and ear training respectively David Helbich and Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, thinking through dance with Sara Wookey and insight into synaesthesia with Jamie Ward.