Video art exhibition to feature the sensation of "Mouthfeel"

Jan 22, 2018

Video artworks highlighting the sensation of “mouthfeel” will be on view at an upcoming exhibition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which will be open from February 15 to March 9 in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts building gallery. A reception is scheduled for February 15, 4-6 p.m.

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films.

The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances. The five videos included in the exhibition feature a variety of actions, from the monotonous task of licking through a pane of cast sugar, to ingesting a bouquet of roses.

The five films selected for this exhibition by curator Megan Fizell include performative actions by four female artists and one male/female collaborative work: Elizabeth Willing, Hannah Raisin, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Nina Ross, and Hillerbrand+Magsamen.

Mouthfeel has previously been viewed in Australia at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney, Creative Industries Precinct at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin.

The gallery is open on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is free to attend.

For more information about the project, contact Ellen Mueller at emueller1@umassd.edu.

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