SENSEFACTORY is a large-scale performative installation combining architecture, sound, smell, light and AI technology into a immersive multi-sensorial experience.
Nearly a century ago, with his Theater, Zirkus, Variété score, László Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus imagined a new kind of theater for the senses — a “Mechanized Eccentric” that would merge machine and organism. With SENSEFACTORY it is interpreted by a transdisciplinary team ranging from architecture and sound to olfaction and poetry: Erik Adigard, Sofian Audry, FM Einheit, Dietmar Lupfer, Chris Salter, Alexandre Saunier, Alex Schweder, Sissel Tolaas & Nikolai Vogel.
The installation is structured in three parts: ENTRY, EXPERIENCE and EXIT. In the center a colossal, ever transforming, pneumatic environment with printed flooring, multimedia, sound, scent, light, and AI technology aims to produce a multi-sensorial experience that concludes with a conceptual map give-away. The original score here is reframed graphically as a large fold-out that relates two ”technological bodies,” one seen as urban and the other as human. This hybrid map conveys the long unfolding continuum of humans, machines, sensors, and that which is sensed, as they merge to become an ever-greater totality. The installation expresses notions of exchange, play, movement, stillness, fluidity, and friction built into a sonic visual frenzy embodying our new urban norm.
In 1919 the Bauhaus started to explore how technology could help us reconfigure more enlightened societies and creations. 100 years later, data accumulation and monitoring are relentless and we breeze a mechanized atmosphere where we can barely hear the sounds of nature and feel our own senses? SENSEFACTORY explores the interplays between our senses and that of the systems we hold and navigate through – a milieu of sensors, triggers and networks we increasingly adopt as our own personalized extensions. In this unfolding machinic sensorium we do not easily see the tensions between the sensor and the sensed, the artificial and the organic, and the human and the machine. It is for humans, a call to consider the possibility of new forms of sensing.
ENTRY » “window” video w/composer FM Einheit & voice by Nikolai Vogel
EXIT » folded poster handout [PDF] — 70x70cm, to be read on four sides, text by Nikolai Vogel
30sec MUFFATHALLE RUN-THRU
20sec BOCHUM INSTALLATION CLIP