Marres, House for Contemporary Culture

Explore in which ways sensory mapping contributes to the overall experience of exhibitions

The Project

The Project

Marres Maastricht develops art exhibitions and programs with a strong emphasis on the senses and sensory behavior. The senses are fundamental to our experience of living in the world. We select fresh food and sexual partners with our nose. We judge fabrics with our fingers. Feelings of well-being or dread are to a large extent derived from what we hear. Yet, our sensory knowledge is hardly ever enriched or stimulated by our schools and upbringing.

Broadening the definition of art, Marres exhibits works by visual artists, musicians, choreographers and performers. Previous PREMIUM teams researched sensory icons and symbols, designed sensory tools for the education department and explored ways to develop a vocabulary for the senses. For this year, Marres challenges the PREMIUM team to have a closer look at Sensory Mapping. The conceptual premise of this practice is that we can perceive our environment in multiple ways, not only guided by language and images, but also for instance by paying attention to smells, sounds and touch. Increasingly used in guides and tours by cities to offer new perspectives for its visitors, the practice is rarely used in other contexts. Marres would like to adopt this practice for its exhibitions, in order to activate its audiences.

PREMIUM students will be asked to conduct (primarily practical) research on the following issues: – What are possible forms for the sensory mapping of exhibitions? – What types of exercises or experiments can we design to activate the public? – In which ways will sensory mapping contribute to the overall experience of exhibitions? – How are the senses affected in the current virtual environment, and what effect has it on exhibitions?

We welcome all students who have an affinity with the arts and wish to broaden their knowledge in unorthodox ways. Organization skills, enthusiasm and an active attitude are required.


In this project, the focus is on “discovering something new”

The Client

The Client

Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, is an arts organization with an international reputation. Located in the center of Maastricht, it features intimate art spaces, a beautiful garden and a wonderful restaurant. Although Marres is generally known as a center for contemporary visual arts, it prides itself on showing all kinds of artistic practices. Its intellectual focus lies on exploring the senses.

Co-Creator Client

This client might join the team for brainstorm sessions, meetings, and preparatory sessions. The co-creator is
more actively involved in/during the project execution.tion.