Art Out of Sight: The Future of Multisensory Art

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Room, 1st Floor 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

The work of artists and media makers increasingly resides across formats. In addition to engaging us through our sense of sight, audiences are asked to smell, feel, taste, and hear. What has inspired artists, designers, and architects to engage some or all of their audiences’ five senses?

Grounding our inquiry in an understanding of ocular-centricity in Western thought, this panel discussion invites the audience to learn about creative projects that diverge from traditions of visual communication. Our exploration will be informed by sensory studies, an interdisciplinary field that begins with an anthropology of the senses, before intersecting with aesthetics and phenomenology.

This panel of cutting-edge artists will serve as an introduction to those who are interested in the world of multisensory engagement in art and design.

Andrew Causey, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a visual artist.

Carron Little is an interdisciplinary artist working on a yearlong performance entitled Dream Minds, for which she writes poetry based on the dreams of a different person interviewed each week. Little created the public performance series Out of Site in 2011, is the Director of Eyeporium Gallery, and sits on the SSA No. 33 Arts Committee.

Gwenn-Aël Lynn is a Franco-American interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been awarded several artist residencies, fellowships, and has exhibited in the US, Europe, and in Indonesia. Responding to the ocular hegemony of mass media and the visual centrism of western culture, he makes interactive smell installation and food/scented performances that explore the relationship between olfaction, taste, hybridity, and hegemony.

Fereshteh Toosi is a Lecturer in the First-Year Seminar program in the School of Liberal Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Her socially engaged public practice explores geography and sensory ethnography through a variety of media, from printmaking to performance. Her most recent project, GARLIC & GREENS, is a sculptural artist book designed to be accessible for people with low or no vision through sound, smell, taste, and touch. You may find samples of her work at

Intersections is a lively series of lectures and discussions investigating and celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture and the arts. The lecture series takes place during the Fall and Spring semesters and is sponsored by the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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