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The show is the culmination of a three-month project that sought to answer that question using a series of walks through the city of Ōtautahi Christchurch guided by the nonvisual senses.
Jo will be talking about the project and the novel processes behind its interactive multisensory installations.
In this project, Jo developed a new method of creative enquiry, which she calls sensuous psychogeography. This draws on the ideas of psychogeography and its critical walking practice, the dérive (drifting), a playful exploration of urban space that redirects pedestrians away from well-trodden paths to alter awareness of their environments.
These took the form of sense-guided walks through the city; both alone and with others that included members of the public, the blind and low vision community, and fields of urban ecology and planning, architecture and foraging.
Their responses informed the final artworks, whose sensory connections were further heightened by the contemplative practice of Deep Sensing Jo has also been cultivating.