Artists, designers and researchers are increasingly seeking new ways to understand and explore the creative and practical significance of the senses. This ground-breaking book brings art and design into the field of sensory studies providing a clear introduction to the field and outlining important developments and new directions. A compelling exploration of both theory and practice, Sensory Arts and Design brings together a wide variety of examples from contemporary art and design which share a sensory dimension in their development or user experience. Divided into three parts, the book examines the design applications of new technology with sensing capacities; the role of the senses in creating new imaginative environments; and the significance of the senses within different cultural practices. The thirteen chapters cover a highly diverse range of issues – from the urban environment, architecture and soundscapes to gustatory art, multisensory perception in painting, music and drawing, and the relationship between vision and smell. Initiated by Insight, a research group at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts –widely recognised as a center of research excellence – the project brings together a team of experts from Britain, Europe and North America. This timely book is destined to make a significant contribution to the scholarly development of this emerging field. An important read for students and scholars in sensory studies, design, art, and visual culture.

chapter |27 pages


ByIan Heywood

part Part 1|75 pages

Sensory Arts and Design, New Technologies and the Urban Environment

part Part 2|67 pages

The Range of Sensory Arts and Design: Extensions, Realizations and Capacities

chapter 7|20 pages

The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of Sensory Design

ByJoy Monice Malnar

chapter 8|15 pages

Music: Seeing and Feeling with the Ears

ByAlan Marsden, Richard Leadbeater

part Part 3|81 pages

Vision, Touch and Technologies of Sense

chapter 10|15 pages

Sensing Atoms and Bits

ByPaul Coulton

chapter 11|19 pages

Drawn Away from Vision: Encounters with the Unseen

BySarah Casey, Gerry Davies

chapter 13|15 pages

A Choreography of the Senses – The Painter's Studio

ByPip Dickens