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Multi-Sensory Cultures (DESI10061)







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Visiting student eligibility will be assessed (including any required Design background) on a case-by-case basis. This course may incur additional costs for materials and/or field trips. **Please note that Design courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Design course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Design department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course is about the importance of multi-sensory experience. Rather than a purely visual engagement with the world the course explores the way in which a truly multi-sensory involvement offers an opportunity for a richer understanding of the 'things' that surround us. To examine this the course pays particular attention to a range of cultural applications from fields including art, architecture, design, sound studies, and the wider built environment.

Course Description

This course deals with experience. What is it to experience the material world? Its primary aim is to consider how our experiences are conditioned through multiple senses. Whilst the visual realm is, for many, still the fundamental way in which we experience the world this cannot be separated from the intermingling of all senses. In taking this position the course sets out to examine the complex relationships between the different senses and how these affect our engagement with the world around us. With a particular focus on material cultures the course employs a range of cultural contexts from art, architecture, design, sound, and the built environment. It will explore these contexts through a variety of thematic approaches including (but not limited to): embodiment; hegemony of the visual; sounding objects; the olfactory imagination; touch and texture; immersive atmospheres; affect; mediated experience; rhythm analysis; creating the multi-sensory. Whilst many of the key themes and ideas of the course will be disseminated through lectures, the course also provides ample opportunity for student discussion through seminars. It also includes practical workshops where students will explore multi-sensory experiences through creative engagement.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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