Music and sound can elicit a multitude of emotional and physical responses. But how can composers and sound designers manipulate the audience’s senses beyond the sense of hearing? And what are the artistic and scientific implications of such compositions?

On 5 July, at a free public forum on Sensory Art organised by West Kowloon, award-winning experimental sound designer and composer Darrin Verhagen, senior Sound Design lecturer at the RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), shares his understanding of how sound interacts with other senses, and how composers and sound designers play a manipulative role in shaping perceptual and emotional responses to multisensory artworks.

An experienced writer of soundtrack for theatre, dance, installation, screen and computer games, Verhagen explores research on musical extremes. As director and co-founder of the AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments) Lab, a practice-based research facility that fuses sound with vibration, movement and light, he works with researchers from scientific disciplines to experiment on the psychophysiological effects of sound. AkE Lab installations have inspired applied research into Alzheimer’s, as well as research into solutions for issues such as driver drowsiness.

Date:
5 July 2017 (Wed)

Time:
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Venue:
Spring Workshop, 3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Speaker:
Darrin Verhagen (Australia)

Moderator:
Kung Chi Shing – Artistic Associate (Music), WKCDA

Language:
English (No simultaneous interpretation provided)

Online registration
Free admission. Limited capacity. First-come, first-served.

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Enquiries:
2200-0829 (Ms Wong), queenie.wong@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
The programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force after 5pm on the afternoon of the event.

*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speakers. All changes will be announced on the website.

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