News

Tate Sensorium

This morning, Lucy and I took a trip to the 'Tate Sensorium' at the Tate Britain. This immersive exhibition displays four paintings from their collection. You are taken on a journey in which you experience sounds, smells, tastes and touch that aim to complement each artwork.

Chris stoneman headshot
By Chris Stoneman
Posted 04. 09. 2015
Sensorium installation Tate Britain 051

This morning, Lucy and I took a trip to the ‘Tate Sensorium’ at the Tate Britain. This immersive exhibition displays four paintings from their collection. You are taken on a journey in which you experience sounds, smells, tastes and touch that aim to complement each artwork.

On entry you are given a wristband that measures your EDA and heart rate. We learned that EDA stands for electrodermal activity which, in plain English, is perspiration. This information is used as a guide to how stimulated the body is to the varying sensory stimuli which is revealed to you as a graph at the end.

On leaving the gallery space we found ourselves sharing our experiences with other visitors. Interesting discussions sparked from exploring how the graph, which displayed our physical reactions, related to our emotional responses to each painting. For example, over stimulation didn’t relate to a more pleasurable experience. We found this added a game element to the exhibition, marrying our interpretation of the data to what we felt.

Further more the information was used to plan a personalised tour of specific artworks in the Galleries. Which they hope would inspire your sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing.

We arrived at 9:30 to queue for entry at 10:00. Which we’d recommend to ensure entry as it is free and first-come first-serve. Queue at the Millbank entrance as that is where tickets for this exhibition are collected (Not the Manton entrance across from Chelsea School of Art as we found out).

Time well spent. Definitely one we would recommend.

0878 001 300x257

Related Stories

arrow-down icon arrow-left icon arrow-right icon back icon button-box_2_blocks icon button-box_3_blocks-c icon button-box_3_blocks-d icon button-box_3_blocks-stacked icon button-box_3_blocks icon button-box_4_blocks icon button-box_5_blocks-alt icon button-box_5_blocks icon caret-down icon close icon d-p icon dot icon dots-column icon dots-nine-01 icon dots-trio icon facebook icon fast-forward icon forward icon hamburger-cross icon hamburger icon instagram icon letter icon link icon linkedin icon mail icon pattern-dots-white icon pattern-dots icon pattern-smile-white icon pattern-smile icon pattern-wave-white icon pattern-wave icon pattern-zig-white icon pattern-zig icon pause-button icon pink-waves icon play-button icon rewind icon search icon smile-column icon smile-trio icon twitter icon wave-column icon waves-citrine-line icon waves-citrine-square icon waves-rect icon waves icon youtube icon zig-line-pink icon zig-line icon zig-square icon