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Smelling and tasting are believing : a studio inquiry into an intersensorial practice


Smelling and tasting are believing : a studio inquiry into an intersensorial practice

Long, Nancy (2007) Smelling and tasting are believing : a studio inquiry into an intersensorial practice. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In this thesis I sought to explore an intersensorial connection with my studio and art teaching practice through a studio-based inquiry by asking how can I utilize the senses of taste and smell in my studio practice in the visual arts? The question was first explored by focusing on certain physiological and psychological functions of our gustatory and olfactory senses and their link to memory and secondly by looking to literature within cultural studies, philosophies of art and art practices. This literature suggests that there is a growing acknowledgement of an intersensory way of knowing, yet its potential in the art classroom is still largely untapped. I chose to answer my question through a heuristic methodology by drawing from the research findings, personal observations, dialogues and experiences on taste and smell, memory and perception. The methodology was used to answer my question through a creative synthesis in four installations linking the two senses and memory and perception. Although I deem the installations as personally successful, I discovered that my personal aesthetic is largely based on pattern and order, which could both hinder and help in my teaching of an intersensorial practice. Teaching toward sensory awareness in a literate, visually oriented society may need to begin with a corporeal re-connection with and re cognition of our environment. Through the recognition of the "aesthetics of the everyday" such suggestions and implications for the art classroom are discussed

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Long, Nancy
Pagination:vii, 90 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education
Thesis Supervisor(s):Blair, Lorrie
ID Code:975322
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:06
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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