Curated by Ross McLeod, Christopher Kaltenbach and Patricia Pringle


The Sensoria Festival of Design Education, hosted by the RMIT Interior Design Program, explored recent exciting work in spatial design which interweave ideas, materials, media and phenomena in ways that engage our senses both imaginatively and viscerally.

The Sensoria festival offered participants the opportunity to engage in a wide selection of lectures, exhibitions, performances, events and discussions which occured throughout the city over a week long period.

Sensoria used Melbourne city as its campus for the week with events hosted by venues including Federation Square, the Museum of Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), RMIT Storey Hall and First Site Gallery.

Upon registration a festival pack containing travellers tips, tokens, tickets, invitations, directions, maps and essential supplies was given to the festival attendees. Over the proceeding five days each individual was free to engage with the festival and explore the city of Melbourne, attending symposia, visiting galleries and design showrooms, seeing movies, going to cafes, bars and parties meeting fellow design students from across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and enjoying the range sensorial experiences on offer.

The festival program was presented within three curated themes - 'phenomena, media and materia'. Each of these themes were explored through a series of symposia which asked a range of professionals and academics to present and discuss different approaches to the act of design. The final symposia 'techne' invited practitioners to present current projects whose subject matter embodies the themes of Sensoria.

Speakers included Brian Massumi, Ross Lovegrove, Phillippe Rahm, Marco Casagrande, Mark Burry, Janet Lawrence and Janos Korban.

A variety of exhibitons featured the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students, and emerging artists and designers. The work on display was presented and discussed through a series of floortalks which were conducted by the curators of the exhibitions.

A highlight of the festival was the 'Manifest' event held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Manifest was a one night event/installation that sought to challenge our understanding of sensory space . A group of innovative national and international cultural producers were invited to collaborate with interior design students, they included furniture designer Matthew Butler of Bluesquare, chef George Calombaris, sculptor Christopher Langton, Tokyo designer Takeshi Ishiguro, lighting designer Daniel Zika and audio/visual designers Gregory More and Jeremy Yuille.



For further information go to the Sensoria website