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The new Tate Modern exhibit – Tate Sensorium – Open 26th August 2015

Tate modern is offering a new immersive art experience which aims to stimulate your sense of taste, smell, touch and hearing. The exhibit is based around the view that while galleries are exceptionally visual, people are not. Can taste, touch, smell and sound change the way we experience art?

The Tate Sensorium is an annual prize supported by the porter foundation and then presented by Tate. It is an idea that uses innovative technology to enable the public to discover, explore and enjoy British art from the Tate collection in new ways. The visitors to the gallery will be able to engage with paintings from Tate collections in a multisensory experience inspired by the artworks.

The Tate Sensorium will use Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch to highlight different aspects of each painting and explore the way senses interrelate to influence our overall gallery experience. The gallery will feature work from Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, Richard Hamilton and John Latham, however, it will be a new approach to these paintings using senses to trigger the visitor’s memory and imagination.

The key technological components of the exhibit are 3D sounds, a perfume release system to heighten scent and pioneering touch haptics technology to create the impression of tactile sensations.

Visitors will be given the option to track their response to the display by wearing biometric measurement devices that record the emotional impact of the experience. These wristbands will measure the perspiration of the individual which will indicate how calm or excited the viewers are.

The overall Goal of the exhibit is to create an experience that provokes rather than presents the interpretation of art. Visitors will be able to enjoy the experience but give more of a personal connection with the art in a memorable way.

An example of the Tate Sensorium exhibit in action is a painting which is illuminated by lights to enhance the viewer’s senses. The headphones the visitor wear’s blast out bustling sounds of the city with clanging sounds of construction mixed with the laughter of children indicating there is a park nearby to evoke the impression of furious activity. The visitor is invited to eat chocolates that are presented in front of the painting which let off a deep smoky scent. The scene becomes intensified as a bitter, burnt rush engulfs the mouth, the gritty texture of the chocolate reinforcing the harshness of the city, with orange adding sweetness and warmth. The heightening of the visitors senses takes the painting from being a grey dismal character to standing out as a weary yet sinister soul in a lively, frantic world.

Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34049150 to find out more!




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