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Sensorium The sensorium of the Arabian Nights (Evoking the Genie)

Sensorium The sensorium of the Arabian Nights (Evoking the Genie)

Ramachandran, Rahesh ORCID: 0000-0001-9238-5021 and Allan, Sarah (2019) Sensorium The sensorium of the Arabian Nights (Evoking the Genie). [Show/Exhibition]

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The notion of a sensorium evokes the visceral quality that a particular space or place can arouse. Through time travel and the compression of geographies, literature can become a conduit to such places. It can contextualise a progressing storyline through descriptive specificity. In that way, literature can be a habitable sensorium. The book, the Arabian Nights, projects one through time (centuries even) and into landscapes, realms, places, and spaces that are familiar yet unfamiliar; real and unreal. The stories introduce magical shifts into the ancient Arabian world; a world of old smells, visual clues, and sounds that are exotic to the unfamiliar reader. The magical occurrences and characters in the book produce further sensory evocations that are a shift from the real world. The science that governs the real is inverted and played with. The relationship between the real and the magical is blurred. It is as though the magical is an ordinary occurrence in a real world. The work presented in the exhibition is a starting point of an investigation into the magical world of the Arabian Nights. It is a cartography of the infinite cycles and nested stories that structure the book. Like all maps, it is edited information providing the reader with a navigation tool that can lead them to the sensorium of the Arabian Nights.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabian nights; drawings; exhibition; China
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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