We are all familiar with multisensory experiences, where you can see, touch, hear, and sometimes smell various textures and vibrancies. Particularly useful for children, the range of inputs can provide a sense of wonderment and tranquillity. Children with certain special needs can find the unique and playful environment in sensory exhibits particularly exciting.
Real ORCAs will have seen and hopefully read my book Cri Du Chat, The First Ten Years. It's about bringing up my daughter who has the syndrome. Even now at age 17 she loves glowing lights, bright pink blu-tac, and if she gets away with it, several screens at once with different shows. Now that modern technology is able to provide a whole list of multisensory experiences from simple devices, the concept is rightfully branching out into other places. Hand in hand with therapy and recreation, the arts have also been experimenting with what these ideas can bring about for everyday visitors.
Creative Pinellas have taken this concept into their own hearts. Presenting in Largo, Florida, an interactive multisensory art experience called Look Touch Move, visitors are invited to soak up the invigorating and enchanting atmospheres created by a joint artist venture. A true multi-disciplinarian, Sharon McCaman makes use of sculpture, sound, colour, projection and more to produce vivid and adventurous experiences. Featuring the Reiteration exhibition by Sharon McCaman, the works are reframed and reignited via the collaborative inclusion of Helen French's Reprise.
Helen French holds an art degree and has quickly risen to great heights well beyond her St. Petersburg community. The dance choreography she produces has been enjoyed in many venues around the land and this new show is bound to encourage many to come and see this fusion event.
Reiteration involves large-scale structures that are comprised of textures, angles, vibrancy, and moving parts. Visitors are invited to experience the work, listen to its feedback, and get to grips with the varying sensory anomalies that are provided. On the other hand, Reprise has been choreographed to provide a visual dance experience that explores the sensory works in the exhibit.
The explorations are endless, with metaphor and symbolism holding open ended chains of thought association. We can use art like this to realise how our own lives are multidimensional and that we regularly make adjustments to the way we express ourselves on a layering of different levels.
Find out more about the exhibit here.
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