(2014) Sensescapes walks in Mols Bjerge

 

During spring 2014 two series of sensorial walks was facilitated as part of a master thesis in Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University. The thesis is a “production thesis”, based on the creation and production of a practical project. The experiment was adopted by the Aarhus-based production unit Secret Hotel as a part of their long-term project Landscape Dialogues. The aim of the overall project of the walks, was to test and develope an aesthetic practise that would combine landscapes, senses and phenomenology.

The walks were blindfolded, site specific, participatory and intimate – just for 1 participant at the time.

After each walk the participant wrote 6 words in a guest book – 3 about their overall experience, and 3 about their experience of the landscape – and we had an interview session with space to share our experience verbally.

The following material is gathered from a series of nine walks at an old farm in the National Park of Mols Bjerge, April 2014.

Concept developer, facilitator and sensorial guide: Lotus Lykke Skov
Facilitated in collaboration with Secret Hotel

From walk nr. 2:

Participant: Birthe

Photographer: Rasmus Skov

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From walk nr. 3:

Participant: Christine

Photographer: Rasmus Skov

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From walk nr. 4:

Participant: Martabolette

Photographer: Søren Gammelmark

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Guest book notes from the farm in Mols Bjerge

Overall experience – 3 words from each participant:

1: Wet. Silent. Waves.

2: Different. Intense.

3: Haptic. Playful. Delicate.

4: Magical. Sensuous. Life force.

5: Trust. Calm. Timelessness.

6: Sensuous. Life-affirming. Spring. Rewarding. Nature.

7: Closeness. Good guiding. Vulnerability.

8: Presence. Warmth. Comfort.

9: Familiar. Great. Shift.

 

Experience of the landscape – 3 words from each participant:

1: Farm. Hilly. Weeping willow.

2: Open. Calm. Silent.

3: Succulent. Hilly. Luminous.

4. Fertile. Hilly. Exceptional.

5: Depth. Lightness. Accommodating.

6: Stillness. Eternity. Joy.

7: Countryside idyll. Intimacy.

8: Wild. Magnificent. Calmness.

9: Vital. Calm. Familiar.

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