Tate Modern Workshop

Tasty and Smelly – a different way to connect to art With University of Westminster, Institute of Philosophy University of London

Photo: Peter Ride

Explore how your identity and preferences can be linked to your sense of smell and taste

Could appreciating art have more in common with savouring a cup of coffee than you thought? Could our senses of taste and smell help define who we are?

In Tasty & Smelly we are inviting you to play, explore and experiment with your senses of taste and smell, and discover how they shape your sensory world, individually and collectively.

Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments presented by researchers of the University of London, you can discover the unexpected strategies your brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to the art-world. From designing multi-sensory labels for artworks, creating teas that respond to the architecture of the building, chilling out in a scented mediation pod to re-organising the Tate collection by flavour, these events and installations encourage you to playfully engage with taste and smell and the associations that they create.

Taste and smell give us a nuanced sense of what we like and are powerfully linked to emotions and memories. Just the hint of a smell can take us back to another time and place. Our preferences reveal how we grow through our changing circumstances, histories and journeys across the globe.

By getting involved with installations and workshops produced by students and graduates from the University of Westminster you can tease out some of the many ways we all carry our tastes, preferences and cultural histories with us when we enter into an art museum.

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Or email: tastyandsmellyevent@gmail.com

This event is programmed by Museum and Galleries Studies, University of Westminster and the Centre for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, Tate Exchange Associates.

About Museum and Galleries Studies, University of Westminster

University of Westminster’s masters degree in Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture is a vocational course. It focuses on teaching through partnerships with leading organisations such as Tate and Museum of London so that students learn from curators and professionals how museums and galleries are facing the challenges of the twenty-first century.

About the Centre for the Study of the Senses, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

The Centre for the Study of the Senses pioneers innovative interdisciplinary work between cognitive neuroscience, philosophers, art historians, artists and experts in new technology to look at the perceptual, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of art and cultural practices.

The Institute’s aim is to promote and facilitate high quality research in philosophy, making it available to the widest possible audience both inside and outside the UK’s academic community.

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Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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