MULTISENSORY MUSEUM:  A Series For The Senses 

Walter Trier. Exchanging Hearts of Love, 20th century
Walter Trier. Exchanging Hearts of Love, 20th century. Pen and ink on paper, Sheet: 8.6 × 12.7 cm. Gift of the Trier-Fodor Foundation, 1977. © Art Gallery of Ontario 84/390

Presented by the AGO and OCAD U’s Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

This year’s class, taught by the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Community Programs Melissa Smith, has faced an even bigger hurdle – restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The students have had to forgo the typical in-person presentation and instead must now explain their finished prototypes from a distance, in a series of self-produced videos. They are challenged with translating 12 works from the AGO Collection, ranging in medium and style from Walter Trier, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazou Nakamura, into 12 unique sensory experiences ranging in format from touch boards to soundscapes.

Visit the Multisensory Museum here.