Sensorial is used to describe art that seeks to engage the audience by activating the senses

Derek Jarman still from Blue on display at Tate Modern

Derek Jarman Blue 1993
35mm film transferred to digital file, colour and sound
Duration: 75 mins 

Image courtesy Basilisk Communications

A good example of this would be Derek Jarman’s last film Blue, an immersive installation in which a blue screen echoes the artist’s fading eyesight. Jarman sought to evoke for the viewer the mental, physical and emotional strain caused by a terminal illness.

Another artist who creates sensorial art is the New York based Brazilian artist assume vivid astro focus. The installation Make it With You: A Slow Dance Club 2004, features a room in which people can slow dance to romantic music.

Further reading

Art for the senses
The experts behind Tate Sensorium share how they allow the audience to hear, smell and taste some of the most exciting works in the Tate collection.

See also

IK Prize 2015: Tate Sensorium

Stimulate your sense of taste, touch, smell and hearing in this immersive art experience at Tate Britain.