London sometimes needs a bit of a sense check. There seems to be a new immersive experience in town every week: art installations taking the form of a fog cloud. Dining experiences requiring a blindfold and headphones. Cocktails consumed as a boozy vapour. There’s a sensory ‘scene’ in this city, but we rarely stop to ask why.
You might just find an answer at the Open Senses Festival (May 19-21), a synaesthetic three-day weekend across 20 venues with art exhibitions, tactile journeys and a symposium that will explore London’s fascination with multi-sensory experiences.
On Saturday, visitors can create ‘body calligraphy’ at The Truman Brewery with the Movement Alphabet, get informed at the Open Senses Hub at The Trampery in Old Street, and throw some wobbly shapes on the vibrating dancefloor at Sencity, a sensory music night at Islington Assembly Hall. This one is not to be sniffed at.