Open Senses is a weekend festival of art exhibitions, live events and performances, sensory journeys and walks, open studios and labs, and a ground-breaking symposium. It has taken a small team of volunteers over two years to plan this festival and we’re incredibly proud of the programme.
“A multi-sensory extravaganza is heightening the capital’s delights”— Evening Standard
We chose London as the city to launch Open Senses because it is a world-leading centre of excellence in sensory practice. We are inviting all Londoners, as well as each and every tourist and visitor, to freely come and open your senses; to awaken your nose, tastebuds, and skin to the world; to notice and savour the natural, physical environment around you.
Open Senses will showcase sensory practice as a powerful tool to evoke true human emotion and create warm, lasting memories. This is a festival for every woman, man and child to hear, see, feel, taste and experience.
Enjoy the weekend and let’s get sensual!
—Stephanie Singer, Founder and Creative Director
Adah Parris, Adam Thomason, Aimee Parnell, Ajos, Alex Rhys Taylor, Alexis Romano, Ali Webb, Alice Phelps, Aline Keyrouz, Alissa Cooper, Ally Martin, Ana Bernardo, Andrea Pavoni, Andreas Philippopoilos-Mihalopoulos, Andrew Mashigo, Anna Pearce, Annabelle Ducros, Annie Fox, Annika Kappner, Anthony Pujol, Antonia Lee, Ashraf Ejjbair, Assia ghendir, Astrid Hilne, Aude Guaratti, Avni Patel, Beatrice Allegranti, Beau Rhee, Becka Cornell, Becky Lyddon, Bernadette Coote, Beth Harland, Bethany Duckett, Brooke Belldon, Bushra Burge, Camella Agabalyan, Carole Ayou, Caterina Nirta, Chang Hee Lee, Charles Michel, Chris Lloyd, Christina Bradstreet, Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo, Claire Parkins, Claire Sokell Thompson, Claudia Saldaris, Clem Telsfort, Daisy Scalchi, Dana Segal, Daniel Harrison, Danilo Mandic, Dave and Deb, David Howes, Deb Scott, Deborah Mahs, Debra Gail Watson, Diana Oliferova, Edward MacKay, Eileih Muir, Ellen Sampson, Emily Evans, Emma Du Croz, Emma Easton, Emma Purvis, Eric Maltz, Fara Ishaq, Fiona Carlston, Francesca Lando, Frank Creber, Freyja Sewell, Gabriella De Rosa, Gareth Greene, George Petsikopoulos, Georgia Dale, Georgina Warren, Geraldine Atger, Giacomo Garziano, Grace Boyle, Habib Fawaz, Hamish Hall, Hannah Close, Harriet Curnow, Hector Proud, Helen Porter, Hélène Minard, Honor Harger, Iain McGilchrist, Ian Ball, Ian Heywood, Imogen Brodie, Imogen Willets, Imre Bard, Isabel Fernandez, Jaakko Nousiainen, Jai Preece, James McGilchrist, James Wannerton, James Wheale, Jan Lee, Janice Wang, Jay Udo Udoma, Jenna Mason, Jenni Halton, Jennifer Stubley, Jessica Tackett, Jo Barratt, Joanna Bloxham, Joanne Rhymer, Johanna Vakkari, John Fass, Joleine Kipp, Jonathan Chung, Joonas Kallonen, Josef Youssef, Judit Prieto, Juhani Pallasmaa, Juliet Kennedy, Juri Nishi, Kaffe Matthews, Kate Dangerfield, Kate Genevieve, Kate Goodwin, Kate Kelly, Katerina Pantelides, Katherine Hall, Katherine McLean, Katie Collins, Katie Whitcroft, Katja Rosenberg, Laura Haynes, Laura Polesel, Laureline Palmade, Laurence Charter, Lesley-Ann Daly, Lilly Neubauer, Linda Vass, Lindsey Williams, Lisa May Thomas, Luciana Haill, Lucie Watson, Lucy Wright, Luisa Gerstein, Lulu Youssef, Lydia Clark, Lynda Gerry, Marah Wilson, Marie Forbes, Marie Proffit, Mariya Mossajee, Maryann Devally, Matt Lewis, Maxine Hamilton Stubber, Megan Kieran, Michael Bull, Miriam Cantwell, Mónica Kisic, Nadjib Achaibou, Nanako Aramaki, Natalie S Richter, Natasha Clark, Nick Dunn, Nina Atkinson, Nisha Patel, Oliver Carruthers, Oliver Willems, Patrick Adesanya, Pauliina Stahlberg, Phillip Granell, Priya Roy, Priyadharshini Shanthakumar, Rachel Harger, Rachel Jackson, RCA Pathways students, Zoe Laughlin, Rebecca Hossack, Reebs Mancini, Rob Ricketts, Rob Varney, Roma Brown, Roman Rappak, Ronald Moes, Rosalind Freya Claire, Rosy Oddy, Ruben Demonte, Ruby Sehra, Sadie Parsons, Sarah Hyndman, Sarah McCartney, Scott Fisher, Seke Chimutengwende, Sian Green, Sofija Matich, Sophie Humphries, Spike Gascoigne, Stephanie Tyrrell, Steve Cross, Tasha Marks, Tereza Stehlikova, Tim Murray Browne, Tiphanie Lemerle, Tom Price Stephens, Troy Berley, Victoria Stoyanova, William Everitt, William Templeton, Ysanne Spevack, Zoe Laughlin
“When Bittersuite’s founder, composer Stephanie Singer, 27, first started making work drawing on multi-sensory experience, she discovered she was part of a trend. An explosion of people across wildly different fields — the arts, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, food, science and technology — were all beginning to investigate the overlooked power of the senses and the way different senses impact on each other.
Singer was so impressed that she has now organised a festival, Open Senses, to bring some of these people and their work together, including big hitters in the field such as Professor David Howes, co-director of the Centre for Sensory Studies in Montreal, Canada, who says we’re currently experiencing a “sensorial revolution” akin to the sexual revolution of the Sixties.”