The Extra Sensorial Garden

Mette Ingvartsen: The Extra Sensorial Garden

The Extra Sensorial Garden is an invitation for the visitor to enter into a fictional garden that has been artificially created to stimulate the sensory system of the visitor. You could say that it is an ephemeral garden, or a garden that only exists in the space between the imagination of the visitor and the offered sensory stimulation.

This garden works on the faculties of the senses, of seeing and hearing and on how cross sensory information can create strong physical experiences. Being deprived of one sense might very well increase the capacity of another sense in the perceiver. There is not always a lot to see, but rather a lot to be sensed. Changes in light, colour, temperature and sound create the texture of sensation in this artificial nature experience. You could also call it an artificial nature experiment, a proposition that experiments with how subjective relationships to nature are created. How do you related to nature? Do you want to be emerged in it or not? Do you want to be overwhelmed by it or calmed down and offered a possibility to contemplate it? Or, are you simply one of those who think nature no longer exists? The extra sensorial garden will not give you the answers, but rather sensations to be experienced and discussed.

Concept: Mette Ingvartsen
Realization: Mette Ingvartsen & Manon Santkin
Sound Assistance: Gérald Kurdian
Technical director: Joachim Hupfer
Production Management: Kerstin Schroth

A production of Mette Ingvartsen/ Great Investment

Co-production: Mellemrum festival, Denmark and Kaaitheater, Brussels

Supported by: 2010 a project of Tanz im August & Kerstin Schroth, Berlin

Rehearsal assistant: Gry Raaby (on the Copenhagen edition, created for the Site Specific Performance Festival Mellemrum – Nørrebro edition).