Perception is...

Somatic

Soma-tic starts taking a more intimate approach. Here we start focusing on the somatic senses and how these might be influenced in dementia.
Exploring the somatic senses will include looking at the sense of touch; haptic perception; how we relate to our bodies and the immediate space that surrounds us; our ability to sense movement; and being able to distinguish temperature.

In addition the installation will delve into how the sense of smell is often diminished in the early stages of dementia and how due to a change in taste sensitivity and flavours being forgotten a persons taste preference might all of a sudden differ.

The set-up for Soma-tic will be kept to a small confined area (e.g. sitting in an armchair for the whole experience). Each participant thus experiences the installation one at a time, encouraged to very mindfully interact with subtle changes to their contained environment.