synescape: please touch

Interactive Exhibition
Tinh Dau, Hanoi (August 2018)

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Visitors interacting with the exhibition contents, Tinh Dau, 2018

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At the centre of ‘synescape: please touch’ is an inquiry into the ways human senses interact with each other and influence each other in modern days. Vision has been privileged and considered our dominant sense and what we see is often considered reality, however part of the vision is the process of deriving meaning from what we see. In ‘synescape: please touch’ we deliberately manipulate that through sound and haptic interaction.

The exhibition revolves around 10 objects, half of which are associated with the natural realm and the other half with the manmade world. Each element was selected by the artists to inspire a synesthetic experience, whereby visitors' interactions with each object trigger specific sounds and images which make up the adjoining audiovisual installation.

In order to enhance the visitors’ immersion in the sensory experience, people were invited to begin the visit in a neutral space, in which they were handed a blindfold and a pair of headphones through which an ambient track and instructions on how to move around the space were played.

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Exhibition view, Tinh Dau, 2018

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Visitors interacting with the exhibition contents, Tinh Dau, 2018

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Visitors in neutral space view, Tinh Dau, 2018

Concept & sound design: Alistair Hobson

Concept & video installation: Anita Wilczega

Scenography: Dalia Somi​

VenueQuán Cam / Tinh Dau

Find out more: 

Anita Wilczega's interview with Urbanist Hanoi