Training The Senses: Sensing Nature @ Marres
On 3rd May we will be speaking alongside ethnographer Natasha Myers and musician and artist Espen Sommer Eide as part of the Training The Senses programme at Marres House for Contemporary Culture. Please see below for an outline and details. Hope you can join!
We tend to think of nature as something that is outside of us, as a broad entanglement of things that silently undergoes our actions and observation. But what if we see ourselves as part of an environment that senses us as much as it is sensed by us? Scientists increasingly find proof of communication networks, relations between plants, animals and humans that only few of us are aware of. Plants communicate the attack of caterpillars to other plants that will immediately produce chemical toxins. Trees communicate with each other through their roots. Even humans seem to communicate in a sensory environment in which plants and animals simultaneously take part. Natasha Myers explores the “affective ecologies” that take shape between plants and people. Espen Sommer Eide tracks the sensory behaviour of animals. Thought Collider explores the relation between smell and thought process, by tracking molecules involved in the transfer of disease.
Photograph by Natasha Myers
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