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Explorations of the unknown

Still feeling the rush of creativity and intense togetherness after nine days and 75 hours of intensive theater training during the workshop “Creating Transformative Encounters” at the theater Cantabile2. In what felt like and endless bubble of performance art making,  we where drawn into the world of theater director Nullo Facchini´s “human specific theater” – a genre or approach in which the performer invest all of herself in intimate, non-fiction, one-on-one meetings with the theater spectator, aiming for a personal transformation for both of them in the here-and-now of the performance.

And so I found myself taking departure in the most crucial of life´s happenings in my own, personal here-and-now: the growth of a new life within me – literally.

And so we performed together, the tiny one in my womb, and I. Listening, moving, feeling, responding. It ended with a 25 minute one-on-one performance, exploring the Land of the Unknown, in the dark. And there were beautiful, fun and surprising meetings with strangers.

With a tribute to the life on of the unknown that grows in the dark womb, and in all of our own personal different darknesses, and in the darkness that is felt and real and physical and rare.

And with the hope of bringing this format with me, in my continuous development of intimate, personal and performative meetings through sensation and sensorial relation.

Thank you, Cantabile and all the participants, for a wonderful journey!

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New logo

Yay!! For years I have been dreaming about a logo, and now it has come to life, thanks to talented artist Nanna Rosalia. Based on my idea of a visualization of a sensory neuron, Nanna has created the figure of the logo and made it into a wonderfully aesthetic blend that gives associations to neurons, plants, mythical creatures, rune letters and joined sensory organs. For me the logo captures very well the interest I have in making projects that combine story telling, sensorial theater and poetic explorations of darkness. I love it!

In the process, Sensescapes has now become SenseScapes. However, nothing has changed besides the spelling, which hopefully makes the name easier to pronounce – especially for Danes 🙂

Huge thanks to Nanna for setting her print on the future life of the sense laboratory.

 

 

 

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Notes on darkness

Since before its birth, Sensescapes has been growing from a both practical, philosophical and artistic interest in the aesthetic potential of carefully facilitated, sensorial experience. Sensescapes is intended to be a multisensorial laboratory – An aesthetic playground for the senses, encouraging deep realizations and impressions to appear through and with the body as a sensitive, living being.

Sensescapes is inspired by theatre and performance, philosophy, pedagogy and ethics of nature. These are huge fields, hard to capture and make concrete in small company with big ambitions. Yet, within all the explorations and works towards making sense of sensation so far, runs a thick, black thread of darkness. Darkness as an ungoing theme, a fascination, a material, a phenomenon, a dialogue partner and first and foremost an aesthetic strategy.  Here some notes on darkness:

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For years, the work of Sensescapes has evolved around personal, blindfolded explorations as a method to create, sustain and share aesthetic and playful experiences of relation between self(s) and surroundings. Not as performance, but as a simple, practise-based method of the philosophy of the phenomenolgy of embodied perception. Read more about the investigation of blindfolded sensorial walks, and about turning landscapes into sensescapes, in the Sensescapes master thesis published here on the blog.

Lately, new modes of sensorial exploration and deep listening has come to surface. On a summer afternoon in 2017 a beautiful collective sound improvisation was facilitated in the end of a workshop with young folk musicians at Rethink Folk Music Festival. In this task, each personal non-visible sensescapes from our one-on-one blindfolded outdoor explorations, transformed into a shared moment of playing-as-listening and listening-as-playing, making the whole group of players and audience one sensitive organism in a non-visible sensescape.

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Memories in the dark

This year, an exciting new project, titled “Mit Barndomsalfabet – 28 fortællinger i mørke” (My Childhood Alphabet – 28 stories in the dark) has begun to find its form. A journey away from outdoor explorations and workshops, into the dark walls of the theatre blackbox as a secret room, an intimate space, a personal cave. Framed as a solo performance piece for a small audience, a fragmented, text-based narrative of childhood memories is staged in darkness, using the blackbox as a sensorial and intimate frame for profound listening and playing together.

The performance has been curated and developed through a series of test-showings at Museum Ovartaci in Århus 2018, and will continue its production and development before its premiere at Ubåden, Bådteateret in Copenhagen in August 2019.

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Good night stories

For around a year now, Sensescapes has held storytelling workshops with 4-6 year-olds and their teachers in many local institutions. With “Good night stories” as our theme, we have explored the atmosphere of darkness related to sleep, dreams and the dramaturgy of being put to bed. The children are wonderfully imaginative, and each workshop has given form to a unik good night story in rhyme, based on drawings and stories from the participants. The programe is compressed, introducing the kids to blindfolding and guiding, dream meditation and dream-drawing, fragmented storytelling, new songs, audience-participants and other theatre-related elements. Whenever the physical conditions allow it, we work in dimness or darkness, however the slow pace of sleep and night is present in the work no matter how lit up the room is.

Thanks to the local cultural institution, Børnekulturhus Aarhus, for enableing and supporting this project!

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In the context of darkness

This month, Sensescapes was invited to participate in three enriching days of Performing Arts Relay lab and Articulating Artistic Research seminar at the University of Calgary, Canada. The overall theme was “context” and thus Sensescapes was asked to set the frame of a research process connected to the theme. For three days, artists and scholars from all over the world was therefore encouraged to curiously approach and investigate darkness as a specific context, tool and phenomenon. Immersing ourselves into the dark, our journey brought to surface strong impressions, moving moments, and a space for respectful sharing of work and of reflections.

The outcome of the lab is rich: new tools for creation, new relations, and new ideas for future projects. Perhaps most important is a higher awareness of the importance of reflection of both one´s own artistic language/signature and of the importance of reflection in one´s own production process.  As is many lab processes, a few questions are answered and many more have risen, such as: How to tone darkness? How to capture personal darknesses? How to approach the environmental conumdrum of darkness? And wonderful ideas, such as: darkness as a shower, a variation of sensation and a poetic potential for interbeing. Gratitude to Barbara Simonsen from Seachange Lab for the generous invitation, and to facilitors in Canada for a rewarding week.

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Ending with an anecdote told by one of the participants in my lab group – the canadian puppeteer and director Peter Balkwill – who´s old school teacher would begin every movie class by demanding:

TURN THE DARKNESS ON!

Dark greetings from a dim winter afternoon in Denmark

Lotus

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Wuuups. Wrong email address.

Wuuups. There has been a mistake in the contact information for Sensescapes. Huge apologizes to those of you who have tried to be in contant and recieved no answer. Please direct your emails to

mail@sensescapes.dk

Best,

Lotus

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Welcome to the Sensescapes blog

Dear reader

Perhaps you are new. If so, welcome to the blog. If not, welcome anyway. The blog has just been updated with information on the latest project, etc. Feel free to wander around, scroll down, and let yourself be distracted by thoughts and associations between the pages. If reading makes you want to leave the screen and go for a playful walk outside, or pause to listen deeply to the presence of whatever is around you, great! Do it. Personal sensescapes are available for everyone every moment everywhere, alone or together. All it takes is a serious interest in openminded perception.

This year, I have been extremely busy with lots of stuff, and Sensescapes has been taking a long nap from its activities. Now the laboratory is slowly waking up to new experiments.  Ideas are stirring, concepts are forming, unknown land is in sight.

To be continued.

Lotus

 

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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 vildsansvilddata.dk at the latest the day before your participation.

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

SEE YOU!!!

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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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Traces of the countryside

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

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And this time, a whole new dwelling in the barn

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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

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

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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 

 

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It started pouring

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

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Around eleven a tounge of fire flickered in the light night

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

 

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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.

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Turning animal

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Laughter. Movement. Play.

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

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Alive and dead

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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 kathrine@secrethotel.dk or contact me directly at mail@sensescapes.dk. 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 http://www.secrethotel.dk/produktioner/sensescapes/ (in Danish) Deep, sunny spring encounters to you all! Lotus, April 7, 2015

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Happy New Year from Sensescapes!

Sensescapes wishes you all a happy entering into 2015.

The year that has passed has been wonderful and special. From conception to delivery, a sense-based thesis has been written and submitted. During spring and summer, 17 experimental walks for the thesis was facilitated. Around them a line of rewarding test workshops, debates, walks, dwellings and interactions here and there. In Mols, in Arhus, on a mountain in Iceland. New encounters. New experience. New friends. New ambitions.

Beyond written academic justification, analytic objectification and creation of complex philosophical arguments, Sensescapes will now continue its multisensorial journey into the unknown. This is a beginning:

Within the next two months, I will perform tiny sense-experiments in my ultimate local, exploring multisensory appearances of my personal space. Results and reflections will unfold as part of Nordic Summer University Circle 7 in Talinn, March 26-29.

Fom April 7-12 Sensescapes offers individual, experimental, multisensorial walks on the farm in Mols Bjerge, hosted by Secret Hotel. More info coming soon.

On June 22-28 workshops and sharings will take place at Experimental Room Festival, Barcelona.

The rest is a thrilling state of not-knowing.

While waiting for the final graduation of the thesis, I am looking into the new open space that unfolds in front of me. There is a feeling of endings and beginnings. Of challenges and explorations, of something tiny and perhaps also huge. We will see. We will see.

May your year be drenched in deep encounters!

Lotus

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Photo: Jens-Ulrik Kleemeyer

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