The program investigates the blurring borders between synthetic and organic, sense and perception, human and machine. By focusing on sensory perception, we get closer to the essence of what it means to be human, while investigating the future of our technologically mediated body.
Homo Sensorium takes place during Dutch Design Week in Natlab, a collaboration initiated by Baltan Laboratories with Broet and Natlab. The program presents a mix of experiments, workshops, talks, dinners, performances, guided tours, a brainwave wedding lab and a film program.
Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory tour based on the industrial heritage of Strijp-S with the Cosmic Travel Kit. Get test married in a high tech wedding ritual and create your own 3D printed wedding rings in the Brainwave Wedding Lab. Listen to a piano concert and experience music in its most essential way with Piano in the Dark. Create a new physical way to re-connect with nature through sensorial wearables by joining the Facing Nature Workshop. These and other experiences will be triggering your senses during the Dutch Design Week.
Homo Sensorium at DDW is part of a multi-year trajectory developed by Baltan Laboratories and kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven and Provincie Noord-Brabant.
19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27 Oct
(A wedding takes one hour)
Registration: €20 per couple
This High Tech wedding experience, developed by Baltan Laboratories together with artists Lance/Maat, investigates future forms of marriage in a technological society. When kissing, the wedding couples’ brain activity is measured with EEG sensors. Two unique data patterns of the wedding kiss are materialized and 3D printed in two (wedding) rings. More info on our website.
21, 22, 24, 26 Oct.
Take a tour with the Cosmic Travel Kit, a wearable addressing multiple senses. The Kit looks like a blend between an astronaut’s helmet and a portable micro-theater. The 20-minute multisensory walk across Strijp-S will lead you past several iconic locations.
More info on our website.
19, 20 Oct.
Registration: €12,50 - €17,50
Facing Nature is a critical making workshop influenced by eco entanglement and shaman-inspired practices, dealing with our dire cyborgian condition of human beings today.
We spend most of our time indoors staring at digital leaves and animals on our screens, not realising how distant from real nature we have become. In the workshop natural masks are designed to experience the world from a nature perspective.
19 - 27 Oct.
INEVITABLY BLUE is a participatory performance on a swing which deals with imaginary matters. The experience within it allows to transcend from the present environment, travel to where color exists when movement cuts the air, and dreams are intertwining with reality in more than one dimension. More info on our website.
By studio Joes + Manon
24 – 27 Oct
Social design studio Joes+Manon put sexuality on the menu. They host a series of experience dinners in which they question norms and behavior in the context of sexuality. You can expect an interactive experience that facilitates the conversation about sexuality in an original and surprisingly delicious way. More info on our website.
20 Oct, 16:00 – 17:30
A series of artist talks around the Homo Sensorium theme, focusing on the blurring borders between the synthetic and organic, the real and the virtual, the human and machine, sense and perception. Artists will talk about their practice and projects. How can you influence human perception and hack the human sensory apparatus? More info on our website.
25 Oct, 14:00 – 15:00
What is love in the 21st century? Which taboos are still in place? Is a love-contract like marriage still relivant? How does/can technology influence our perception of love? Artists Lancel/Maat and design studio Joes+Manon reflect on the state of love and sexuality nowadays. Together we will explore alternatives for marriage contracts and new ways to celebrate love and intimacy.
22 + 27 Oct
What do you hear when you can't see? Experience the adventurous and cinematic style of composer and pianist David Hordijk in this concert in the dark. Get your tickets at Natlab. More info on the website.
by Gerben Zevenbergen
The documentary takes you into the world of blind artist George Kabel (1955) from Eindhoven. George is one of the 800 Dutch people suffering from Usher syndrome. He’s not only blind but will also turn deaf. We follow George in his art practice.
A Sense of Black is made in collaboration with Stichting Loslokaal Rotterdam and Mikxs, creative solutions for people with an auditory or visual limitation.
by Jenny van den Broeke
How do you find the love of your life if you cannot see? Blinde Liefde (Blind Love) by Jenny van den Broeke is a short documentary film that attempts to answer this question. In Blind Love, we experience love through the eyes of three blind teenagers. Movie + Q&A in Dutch
19 - 27 Oct
The Homo Sensorium space lures you into a tactile experience. The visitor is invited to explore barefoot a soft, quiet and multi-textured environment. It invites you to experience a new space with child-like freedom - to kick off your shoes, lay on the floor, wonder about colours and listen to the space.