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The Extra Sensorial Garden / Mette Ingvartsen

The Extra Sensorial Garden est un jardin fictionnel qui stimule les sens du visiteur et offre de la sorte des expériences physiques intenses. Il n’y a pas toujours beaucoup à voir, mais d’autant plus à ressentir. Les modifications de la lumière, la couleur, la température et le son créent un tissu sensoriel au sein de cette expérience artificielle de la nature. Comment vivez-vous la nature ? Vous apaise-t-elle ? Ou estimez-vous qu’il n’y a plus de nature ? The Extra Sensorial Garden n’offre pas de réponses, mais des sensations et celles-ci donnent à leur tour matière à discussion.

concept Mette Ingvartsen | sound Gerald Kurdian | assistance Manon Santkin | production management Kerstin Schroth | production Mette Ingvartsen/Great Investment | co-production Kaaitheater | support Mellemrum festival, Denmark and sommer.bar 2010, Tanz im August

6_9 Juin 2012

Kaaistudio’s 81 Rue Notre-Dame du Sommeil, 1000 Bruxelles


The Extra Sensorial Garden is an invitation for the visitor to enter into a fictional garden that has been artificially created to stimulate the sensory system of the visitor. You could say that it is an ephemeral garden, or a garden that only exists in the space between the imagination of the visitor and the offered sensory stimulation.

This garden works on the faculties of the senses, of seeing and hearing and on how cross sensory information can create strong physical experiences. Being deprived of one sense might very well increase the capacity of another sense in the perceiver. There is not always a lot to see, but rather a lot to be sensed. Changes in light, colour, temperature and sound create the texture of sensation in this artificial nature experience. You could also call it an artificial nature experiment, a proposition that experiments with how subjective relationships to nature are created. How do you related to nature ? Do you want to be emerged in it or not ? Do you want to be overwhelmed by it or calmed down and offered a possibility to contemplate it ? Or, are you simply one of those who think nature no longer exists ? The extra sensorial garden will not give you the answers, but rather sensations to be experienced and discussed.