Sensoria 2022: The Art and Science of Our Senses Symposium
SENSORIA: The Art and Science of Our Senses symposium presents keynote lectures, discussions and performances around the connective aesthetics of everyday sensing and the knowledge-creation potential of artists and scientists collaborations.
Running from Oct 4-5 (9am – 12noon EST), The symposium will feature keynote lectures by Ryszard Kluszcynski , Chris Salter and David Howse; roundtable discussions by the artists/theorists/scientists Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Gayil Nalls, Rasa Smite, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Grace Grothaus, Katarzyna Sloboda, Raewyn Turner/Brian Harris, Hilda Kosari and Agnieszka Sorokowska.
The symposium will also feature 2 keynote performances from 12:45pm EST each day – The Power of the Spill by Csenge Kolozsvari, and the Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. In addition, Csenge Kolozsvari will be leading the Schizo-Somatic Workshop on Oct 3, 2022. Please click on the hyperlinks for separate registration.
Tuesday Oct 4: 9am – 1:30pm EST
9:00 : Introductions/land acknowledgement (Joel Ong)
9:05 : Introduction from Sensoria Curator (Nina Czegledy)
9:10 : Introduction from LAZNIA (Jadwiga Charzynska, Director)
9:30 : Keynote 1 – Professor Ryszard Kluszcynski
10:30 : Sensoria Panel ONE : Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Gayil Nalls, Rasa Smite, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Grace Grothaus (Discussant)
12:00 : Lunch Break
12:30 : Keynote Performance 1 – Csenge Kolozsvari [Sensorium Flex Space] + Q&A
1:30 : End
Wednesday Oct 5: 9am – 130pm EST
9:00 : Introductions/land acknowledgement
9:10 : Curatorial presentation (Toronto curatorial team)
9:30 : Keynote 2 – Professors Chris Salter and David Howse
10:30 : Sensoria Panel TWO : Katarzyna Sloboda, Raewyn Turner/Brian Harris, Hilda Kosari, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Hrysovalanti Maheras (Discussant)
12:00 : Lunch Break
12:30 : Keynote Performance 2 – Doug Van Nort Telematic Orchestra [DisPerSions Lab] + Q&A
1:30 : Ending Notes
SENSORIA 2022: the Art & Science of Our Senses is a multi-site exhibition and symposium that bridges LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) in Gdansk, Poland and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Held simultaneously in both locations, the exhibition and symposium will engage multi-sensory research that revitalizes our sensory connections to our surroundings, through and despite technological tools, networks and latencies.
The exhibition is co-curated by distinguished curator Nina Czegledy (Agents for Change: Facing the Anthropocene, 2020 & Leonardo/ ISAST 50th Celebrations, 2018) and Sensorium director Joel Ong. Czegledy brings together an international network of artists and scholars who explore the intersection of art, science and the senses in the project that she has meticulously developed over multiple years. Sited concurrently in both Poland and Toronto, the Sensoria exhibition will explore the dissociative potential of contemporary technologies on the senses, treating it not only as a social crisis but also an opportunity for creative play and experimentation. It aims to engage a conversation about the senses from the perspective of art, but also science, incorporating artists that straddle the boundaries of knowledge production in a variety of ways.
The symposium leverages the exhibition content as the starting point for more in-depth conversation about the connective aesthetics of everyday sensing and the knowledge-creation potential of artists and scientists collaborating in innovative ways. The socio-political turbulences we have experienced worldwide during the last decade have created unprecedented social and personal strife. While connections are sustained now amongst virtual networks that straddle vast spaces, how might we consider the sharing of intimate senses through smell, touch, and bodily movement as a form of mutual support? The symposium explores questions such as these with keynote presentations by Ryszard Khuszcynski, Chris Salter and David Howse, as well as roundtables between artists and scientists, and performances by Csenge Kolozsvari and the Doug Van Nort Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. All aspects of the symposium will be presented with virtual components, so as to allow both in-person engagement in Toronto and virtual presence in Gdansk and elsewhere.
This event is a part of the York University Year of the Arts, presented by the York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD).