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.

The senses also provide information we are not always aware of. We know that a cook uses his sense of smell and taste to determine the freshness and combination of ingredients. Much less obvious is that a physician needs to train her hands to feel her way to a diagnosis or that a ceramics expert needs to hone his hearing to authenticate a porcelain bowl.

Training the Senses series 2018
The 2018 Training the Senses series consists of performances, film, presentations, music, workshops and even warm-ups focused on various body knowledges. In this series, we will explore the ways we use our senses to experience the world around us. We will practice our voices, recite poetry, move through spaces, listen to bird sounds, test the language of smell, mix our senses and evoke The Wild. With, among others, Christopher Fitch, Mattijs van de Port, Emilie Sitzia, Wiel Kusters , Poetry slammers, John Cage, Kim Reijntjes and Roderik Povel.

Discover your senses, Join us!

The project (Training the Senses) is made possible through financial support of Fonds 21.