When we perceive a natural landscape we experience a whole sea of relation: of the wind touching our skin, of a multitude of sights, odors and sounds that weave into an impression of the place. The conscious mind-body can also adapt to new configurations of environment that may prove important for survival, or at the very least, form apocryphal sensory tendencies that help to move the process of evolution.
The project Sensory Cartographies is an ongoing process-oriented collaboration between artists Sissel Marie Tonn and Jonathan Reus. In this project we explore the relationships between consciousness, body and environment, as mediated by the filtration mechanisms of the senses. At the center of the project is the creation of worn instrumentations for rethinking modes of collecting, categorizing and mapping from the perspective of the lived experience of a place.
These instruments challenge the body’s preconfigured modes of attention in a playful way. We see them as potentials to experience our surroundings differently, know the environment eyelessly and create an alternative cartography that is attentive to the subtle fluctuations of change that always implicates the relationship between body and environment.
STROOM Den Haag
Association of International Artistic Residents Madeira (IRAM)
Jardim Botanico, Herbarium & Natural History Museum, Funchal