VILD SANS // VILD DATA invitation

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-13-27-16Have you listened to your city today? Have you felt it? Smelled it? What did it say?

For three days, a team of curious artists, process consultants and researchers invite all citizens of Aarhus to explore the area Aarhus Ø. Together we explore, experience and enrich the atmosphere in the rough, open harbour area, based in the temporary urban space Dome of Visions.

We play with perspectives. We use the body as a mapping tool. We record moods, emotions between pebbles and tower blocks, and challenge each other’s usual way of being in the city. The events are gathered and interpreted through technological data and in the end we look at the result and ask: What is a liveable city?

The urban lab is facilitated as a collaboration between the sense laboratory Sensescapes, the research project Making Sense of Data and the process consultant company Urban Goods. Our vision is the to make a bridge between artistic practice and academic research – between embodied experience and data based analytics. And to give citizens a possibility to explore an urban area that is going through major transformation these years, through experience, reflection and dialogue.

Time: 22-24.11./ 2016
Place: Dome of Visions, Aarhus Ø

Entrance fee: Free

Participants: Everyone are welcome for a couple of hours, one day or for the whole program. Just remember to sign up at at the latest the day before your participation.

Sign up and follow the development of the full program at and on our facebook page



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Explorations at the Port of Aarhus

Glimpse from an improvised research walk on-site as preparation for our facilitation of a collaborative, open urban laboratory in Dome of Visions on Pier 2 at Aarhus Ø, coming up in November 2016. Thrilled, trembling and thankful for the opportunity to play with bodies and senses in an urban area that is going through major transformation these years.

Official announcement of the lab in November coming soon!

Photographer, data researcher and observer: Thomas Bjørnsten
Blind walk test participant: Thea Green
Sensorial explorer and guide: Lotus Lykke Skov


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Forest encounters with little people

Greetings from the late summer forest Risskov, where the performance figure Flora is wandering this month.

Flora is a curious and playful nature explorer, who loves to go for a walk and see what happens. She likes her own company as well as being with other childlike souls.

This time, she has invited groups of 4-5 year-olds and their pedagogues to investigate the forest with her. She has brought her backpack, a blanket and a basket, and she has brought her most important tool:

All the senses.

Come along and get to know what experiences the forest will provide today!

Read more (in Danish:) here

Photos: Marianne Duus, Børnekulissen, Aarhus Kommune


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Exciting summer news from Sensescapes

A New Era

WITH GRATEFUL SHOUTS OF JOY, it is a tremendous pleasure to announce the long awaited birth of Sensescapes as a sense laboratory, officially organized as an association where YOU can become a member.

This is our fundament:

  • Sensescapes is a laboratory for multisensorial exploration.
  • The aim of Sensescapes is to inspire people to become more sensuous, sensible and sensing in their everyday life.
  • The laboratory seeks to provide, facilitate and develop sustainable activities with aesthetic quality. 

Everyone who agrees with the above principles, can become a member of the Sensescapes association.

The official founding happened last week. On a wet summers’ day, six dedicated souls joined around the wooden dining table in my living room on fourth floor in the middle of Aarhus. Our purpose was to bring the work of Sensescapes to its next level.


Regulations for our association where written. Papers where signed and a wonderful board constituted itself. The leaders of the Sensescapes association are now:

Chairman: Inger Kærgaard, teacher, biologist and environmental activist with special love for trees (read an interview with her here)
Vice Chairman: Lauge Rasmussen, MA in Experience Economy and co-founder of
Treasurer: Jacob Vibe, forester and owner of Vibes Træpleje
Board member: Ida Krøgholt, lector and Ph.D. at department of Dramaturgy, Aarhus University
Board member: Pernille Kølbæk, Ba in Aesthetics and Culture, MA in Experience Economy, project manager at LEGO



Signing the regulations of the association of Sensescapes.

With this lovely, diverse leadership group, and with myself as daily caretaker and developer of the laboratory, Sensescapes is now open for new experiments, new encounters, new immersions and new horizons.


Would you like to become a member and supporter of the laboratory? Then read more about membership here.

Exploring taste – eating the local

In the spirit of sustainable, sensory encounters with the everyday, a little experiment was made for the meeting. It began with a restriction: All servings was to be made only from locally grown ingredients. Usually my shopping basket contains lots of things that has been shipped from all over the world. By changing my natural behavior with this one-time restriction, I wanted to explore the personal changes in food perception and eating experience. Since I live in the middle of the city and own no garden, this seemed like a fitting challenge for an exploration of the local.

It was midsummer. I took my bike and a couple of books about edible plants and went along Brabrandstien, a path running alongside a lake just outside the city.

This is what I found and brought home:


What Brabrandstien could not provide, I found and bought at the local farmers market and in local stores.

Coming home, another major change appeared. Usually I do not spend hours in the kitchen. Here there was no choice but to follow the speed of slow preparation. Chopping, baking, cooking, mixing, washing, cutting, spreading, sniffing, arranging, saving, waiting, tasting.

As hours went by, food preparations evidently became a sensory meditation. Not meditation in the sense of relaxing wellness, but in the sense of focused awareness of the present beings, movements, scents, colors and emotions in the here-and-now.


In my living room the board meeting was at its end. In the kitchen, food was ready.


Dinner was served

Værsågod (here you go):

Cherries from Brabrandstien.
Homebrewed mead from our wedding two years ago. Strawberries from Samsø. Apple juice from Fyn, and beer from Den Gamle By.
Beets from a nearby field, slowly baked with onion and chili from a family member’s green house.
Nettles and beet tops stewed in homemade butter from the local farmers market and cream from the south of Jutland.
Salats with potatoes from Samsø and goat cheese from Horsens, topped with rapeseed oil from the north of Jutland, and various flowers from around.

Plus some more.

In my home we have an everyday ritual of holding hands and saying thanks for the food before eating dinner. Not as a religious prayer, but as a mindful verbalization of the long procedure of growing, picking, sending, buying, making and sharing the food.

This night, performing the daily practice of gratitude made deeply sense. For the first timer ever at a dinner table, I had an actual, embodied knowledge of the origin of nearly every single ingredient on the table. The presentation took a while, as I listed all the things and the places they had grown or been made.

After hours of talking, the atmosphere shifted as we started eating. Collectively we fell into tune with each of our sensation of the time demanding preparation and the appearance of the food for our eyes, tongues and hands. It was a pleasure.


A few days later, I read a short book about taste by the Danish food anthropologist Susanne Højlund. She describes taste as a multisensorial phenomenon, not only a sense located in our mouth, but involving all parts of our body. Besides the sensory stimulation of eating, she adds, taste is also a culturally situated experience, colored by our expectations, the history of the food, and the social aspect of sharing it (Højlund, Susanne, 2016: “Smag”, Aarhus University Press). This approach stems perfectly with my experience of our meal. For me, the meal became a full-body sensation of eating a piece of Danish summer.

With great hope for future projects and explorations to come!




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Traces of the countryside


Every time I visit this farm land, it unfolds itself anew to me


And this time, a whole new dwelling in the barn


A hideaway for peace seekers. Scents of oil on wooden tables. Feelings of not yet discovered spots in this newly built studio, of empty drawers, curvy walls, unread books in a personal library


On the first evening, I went on a stroll to revisit the piece of land where the consept of Sensescapes has been developed


Familiar smells of dust and years of history, mixed with new sensations. A door at the back. Behind it a brand new apartment for visitors 



It started pouring


Line and Christine ran across the yard with food for our midsummer feast


Around eleven a tounge of fire flickered in the light night


On the other side: Nordic maypole. Ground mist. Wet grass under rubber boots. Silence.



Pernille visited. A friend and kindred spirit. I took her on a blindfolded walk. Then we talked. Paused. Tuned in with our own sensory experiences with the living land. Then we did short blindfolding excercises.


Turning animal


Laughter. Movement. Play.


The following days drifted through embodied sensations of countryside beings. Big and small.


Alive and dead


Plain bliss of slowing down to the speed of a babyscape. Of our daugthers’ first summer. Meeting a horse for the first time. Whearing rubber boots for the first time. Eating sand at the sea shore for the first time. Whatching flies on a table for the first time. Things like that.


Now back in my urban home, the soft hills of Mols Bjerge still fresh in mind and body. Gratitude and peaceful wishes to Secret Hotel for the wonderful stay. Read more about their residencies here.



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Without seeing you can be transported everywhere

Memories from a workshop session in Barcelona

About a year ago, a Sensescapes workshop was facilitated in Barcelona, in Parc de La Ciutadella, as part of Experimental Room Festival – a festival with human/time/site specific performances and workshops, curated and organized by Atelier Escènic Stoyanova.

Six lovely Barcelonian souls participated. One of them had brought her mother, who had never tried anything like this before. Some were artists in the performance field. Some spoke English, some not, so one of the participants also functioned as my translator.

We had two wonderful hours together. The participants curiously inhabited the park and investigated playful ways of embodied relation to each other, to the ground, the plants, other park guests, and to all other sensorial components in our momentary sensescape.

During our time together, each participant had the change to be led blindfolded and to be guiding someone else. Every exploration session ended with a short feedback, where the participants paused from their silence for a while, and shared three words to describe their immidiate impression of their experience. Afterwards I have had their notes with the three keywords translated from Spanish to English, so today I can re-read what they said.

Here is a glimpse of the atmosphere around our workshop in the park that day.











And here are some of the feedback notes:


I like the way impressions are mixed and open to interpretation in these feedback notes.

Listening. Frightening. The Unknown.

Hugging trees. Seeds. Water.



Tendernes. Trust.

Fantasy, memories, time travels. Why time travels? Because with eyes closed you can be transported everywhere. Countries, landscape, childhood…

The urge to speak and be in contact with something honest, primal and profound.

Sensescapes contains it all.

Thanks to Experimental Room Festival for making this happen. By the way, this years’ festival is just around the corner, so if you happen to be in Barcelona, you might want to take a look at their program.

With hope of many more blindfolded explorations to come,


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Dwelling in the Woods

Not far from the North American east coast, in the depths of the state of Maine, there is a small region named Denmark. Here, where country roads curve between pine trees and big wooden houses, a spring retreat was held a couple of weeks ago at Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center. Our little family went there in the middle of three intense weeks of travel in the US, rooted ourselves and found a home for the heart to dwell and be silent in.

Here we are. In the North.

Arrival. At first, the sight is met by a sign with the logo of the place. A turtle. Here the retreat begins.

Go slow.


Next, we find ourselves embedded in wood. Trees, wood cabins, wood surface under feet, over head, smell of fresh wood, of dry wood, of wood everywhere.

Our cabin is next to the big one. It has a name. Harmony. And a porch.


There is sun.

There is snow.

We turn off our cell phones. Aahhhh. Why do I not turn that thing off more often?


We eat (organic vegetarian delicious stuff). We gather. Ten bodies in a studio space (with wooden floor). We stretch.

We fall into place.


Photo: Nurture Through Nature

There is an encouragement to be silent from evening to breakfast. We accept, let go of words and become Beings. I think, how can I be silent with a baby to take care of?

It turns out just fine. She sounds. We, the parents, listen. She goes to sleep and we listen to other things. The night. The super clear sky. Stars. Forest floor. Forest.

In the early morning, before breakfast, we all do a silent walk together. The land is breathing, the air is crisp.

Time to observe, feel, reflect.


Time to sit and read, or lie down and play.


Time to (re)open all senses, walk with bare feet, share a spontaneous, intimate experience with a another free spirit.


Time for a ceremonial sauna! And a dip in the brook.


Or just a walk by the brook. Connecting to what is flowing outside and inside.


Listening to the water. (Next time you come across anything worth listening to, try sharpening your hearing like this:)


Time for scaping the land and saying thanks.


Photo: Rasmus Skov

Time for nurturing family togetherness by dwelling. Together in the woods. Another silent walk, just the three of us. Baby Iris laughing, me laughing along, daddy smiling. Playfulness needs no words, naturally.


Time for (re)connecting with something basic. Taking a shit in nature (or, actually just on a really nice compost toilet, but still…). Walking slowly, slowly in the pit dark night with no lights. Waking up in the cold morning, cursing over the ice cold air outside the sleeping bag. Sweating in the steamy hot sauna, afterwards dipping in the stream, blood rushing from head to toe. Element-brush-up. Internet-break-free.

And perhaps most important of all: Being honest to oneself. Taking what there is for what it is. Not pretending. Not even thinking of pretending. Just being.

20160502_095948-1If you should come across Denmark, Maine, do yourself a favour and visit the place. It offers both all-inclusive retreats and accommodation for self-organized retreats. And Jen, the facilitator, is wonderful.

From Denmark to Denmark, cheers! For unexpected blessings, baby lessons and spring sprouts.




Photo: Nurture Through Nature

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Dreams, openings, connections

Today I did a guided baby walk in my neighbourhood. Nine mothers with nine babies in nine baby carriages made a spectacular body of moving legs, wheels and heads in the grey morning of Aarhus city centre. Together we explored some local gems: an old crypt, a hidden garden, a hip street transformed from slum, a mysterious pig monument and at last a café with more breastfeeding customers than not.

Doing guided walking tours the classical way is not directly connected to Sensescapes, but the stream of intention underneath is the same: To raise awareness of our everyday surroundings, getting embodied experiences of the things, beings and events that are already there. As the test walk today was a success, I intend to do a series of them this coming summer and fall. If time and space allow it. So stay tuned!


As days come and go, new connections appear. I was honoured to be contacted by my main theoretical inspiration source for the master thesis about Sensescapes, Professor in Human Geography Edmunds Bunkse from Latvia. A kindred spirit, he concluded from our chat.

Yes. New dreams and visions of local and cross-country connections are slowly, slowly being formed:

A former fellow student, asking to pair up and share the depths of knowing life and death from a sensitive mind’s perspective. A soul to walk with in the everyday challenges.

A British artist in the inbox, encouraging Sensescapes to visit a festival of senses in London next year.

Sudden meetings like this one. Sudden openings.

A visit in the beautiful building Dome of Visions, which will soon move from Copenhagen to Aarhus to become a frame for experimental practices, dreams and creative events. Perhaps Sensescapes could and should contribute…


A gift from a generous landscape enthusiast and artistic director: 4 days residence in the soft landscape of Mols Bjerge in June, on the farm where I have been researching, playing and working so many times now. I will go there with my little family and see what creativeness the land will inspire.

Gifts, ideas, encouragement, sprouts.

And through it all, a constant state of motherhood relations, preoccupying the mind with strangely down-to-earth impulses: Little one, are you tired? Hungry? Bored? Impatient? Hands, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and feet completely immersed in tiny sensations. Now we dwell in the living room together, now the bed, or the bathroom, or the local park, or a train. Without further notice, I have become an all-time facilitator of the babyscape created and maintained by the presence of my daughter’s curious discovering of the world. My world becomes her world and vice versa. What a responsibility.


Next week we will travel across the Atlantic to make new experiences and reconnect with older generations. There is still some time before maternity leave ends and I will have an opportunity to turn (some… a few) dreams into real projects. Let’s see. Let’s see.

Oh, and did I mention this blog has been referred to in a (not-very-intellectual) Danish weekly magazine for middle aged women doing needlework and handicrafts? No kiddin’. A journalist from “Hendes Verden” called and asked to use a photo of a cairn my husband did in Iceland in the magazine. I said yes and so is now to be found in a cheasy section about creativity online, along with adds for DIY table cloths and coffee scrub:


Surprises and openings in all directions! To be continued when summer is around the corner.

See you!




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Spring news 2016

After my last blog post, spring turned into to summer, and in a glimpse of an eye, summer gave way to autumn, autumn quickly became winter, and now my little Nordic country is in spring mood again, with blooming windflowers and days of constant rain-sun-rain-sun-rain…

In all this time, things have happened. Jobs. Workshops. Travels. New encounters. I have become a mother. A newborn life has enriched and transformed the aesthetics of my everyday into tiny sensations. Baby-sensations. A world of experience and learning. A full-full-full-time job.


Little Iris and mother Lotus enjoying spring time

But Sensescapes is not far away, neither dead – only resting, like a sprout in the soil, and I am waiting with eager curiosity for time to be ripe for new actions and reactions in the field of landscapes and senses.

Here’s a reflection of one of the activities done in 2015:

Sensescapes as Experimental Anthropology 

A Sensescapes workshop was facilitated in April ’15, as part of a one-day’s programme in Secret Hotel, on the old farm in Mols Bjerge. The participants were a small group of Master students from a course in Experimental Anthropology, Aarhus University, and their teacher. The workshop was intended as an experiment of Experimental Anthropology in itself, investigating the potential of adding the role of an observer to the usual blindfolding exercise of a guide leading a blindfolded participant in a given landscape.


Introducing ways of guiding. Photo: Secret Hotel


Observer (left), guide (in the middle) and blindfolded. Photo: Secret Hotel


Guide (left), blindfolded (in the middle) and observer. Photo: Secret Hotel


Guide (at the back), blindfolded (in the middle) and observer (in front). Photo: Secret Hotel

With observers as part of the one-on-one practice, a radical shift was created in the character of the concept as I have facilitated it before. First of all, two became three, which makes the relational side of the practice more complicated. But more important, the active bodily sensation of the landscape, performed and experienced by the duo of blindfolded and guide, was now accompanied by a more passive third body, who followed the couple closely and silently.

As the photos show, the observers seem to take a specific position in their engagement with the surroundings. Hands stored away in pockets, bodies standing or walking upright. Yet their eyes carefully follow every action of the investigating couple. Perhaps a tension between intense observation and intense blindfolded sensation was created. Perhaps a double layer of reflection was established. The duo knew that they where being observed, and the observers knew that they knew.

In response to the exercise, I asked each participant in the workshop to share three words describing their experience. Now, an example from this feedback session can open a reflection in relation to the development of the practice of Sensescapes so far:

Lotus: “Write down the first three words that come to your mind, describing your immediate impression of what we just did. Read them out loud to us.”

Blindfolded participant: “Childlike. Playfulness. Trust.”

Guide: “Vision. Responsibility. Inventiveness.”


When I asked the participants to explain their feedback keywords in plenum, it appeared that all the participants, including the observers, has found the workshop fun and interesting. Even if it could feel a little awkward and perhaps slightly intimidating, the observers, felt they had been part of the exercise as well, and they had felt inspired by what they had seen. Thus, a general feedback from the whole group was how they wanted to do something like this again.

Now, if blindfolding can be a direct door to multisensorial encounters with a landscape, how can an embodied position of ONLY seeing contribute to the multisensorial space of here-and-now? In other words: why add an observer in the practice?

For me as the facilitator, the short experiment became a successful statement of how observation cannot and should not be separated from sensation. By seeing, the observer, too, is sensing. Only it is a different sensation, just like the sensation of an audience in a play is different from the sensation of the actors on stage. Still, they are all contributing to the event as a whole. By attaching observers to each couple of blindfolded/guiding explorers, the overall sensescape was not decreased, but expanded. In total, defining three, not two, roles in the exercise, can show how both being blindfolded, being a guide and being an observer can potentially contribute to the creation and exploration of a given sensescape, as a landscape inhabited and experienced through a multisensory mode of being with and in the world (read more on my definition of sensescapes here.)

With the hope of sharing more reflections and actions with you soon,




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Spring news from Sensescapes

Sensescapes is in the mood of spring. Inspired by little sprouts of the season, sensorial exsperiments and events are appearing here and there at the moment. Just look:

Collaborative knitting of Home and Road in Tallinn


Sensorial kitchen exploration by candlelight during Earth Hour – meaning all electricity was to be shut down – as part of our presentation in Tallinn, March 2015

By the end of March, two months of collaborative sensorial experiments culminated with five women doing a presentation of our project “Knitting home and road”. The project was an attempt to personally sense, express and pass on our experience of a given place in our everyday surroundings. The presentation was one of many presentations during an intense and inspiring four-day winter symposium of Study Circle 7 of Nordic Summer University, in Tallinn, Estonia. The project has been rewarding in several ways, and a sensory-based dialogue with at least one of the other participants will hereafter be continued. Collaboration and text are becoming present as new areas to explore or re-explore in my work.


Knitting Home and Road. Presentation on Saturday Night during NSU winter symposium in Tallinn, March 2015

Blindfolded birthday dinner

On Easter Saturday my blind step father Michael celebrated his 60 years birthday, and Rasmus and I was given the pleasure to guide his guests through a blindfolded beginning of the dinner. The host held a speech for all his blindfolded friends, calling them by name, and Rasmus ended the session with a cascade of didgeridoo sounds. The experience was a success, in the sense that being blind for a while seemed to make an impression on many of the attendants. 

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Sensescapes in Mols Bjerge


Sensescapes in Mols Bjerge, April 2014. Photo: Søren Gammelmark

This week, from April 7-11, it is a big pleasure to announce and facilitate a new series of blindfolded walks at the old farm in Mols Bjerge, for the exceptional low prize of 200 DKK per walk. Christine Fentz, owner of the farm and artistic leader of Secret Hotel, will also be facilitating walks. We will be there all week, and offer 2-6 walks every day for one person at the time. There are still available departures every day, so if you are interested, please send a booking request to or contact me directly at Each walk lasts aprox. 75 min. and takes its departure from Provstskovvej 9, Bogens, Ebeltoft. sansevandring postkort færdig More practical info on the walks, available departure times etc, on the facebook event (in Danish) or at (in Danish) Deep, sunny spring encounters to you all! Lotus, April 7, 2015

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