Text by CLOT Magazine
COMA, the Center Of Multisensory Art, is a project at STPLN dedicated to researching and developing multisensory experiences and, as well as the exploration and experimentation of the forgotten senses. COMA is running an artist residency where three artists are selected to create a final piece of multisensory art. Artists living in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Åland, The Faroe Islands, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are eligible to apply, and the submissions are open until the next 31st of July.
As part of the residency program, three artists are invited for a period of two months each to develop a final piece to be showcased in Malmö between October 2018 and April 2019. Through this residency, artists are selected to produce a piece (performance, workshop, installation or exhibition) that expresses an art form as a multisensory experience.
For the jury, COMA has selected a panel of experts that consists of interaction designers, performance artists and speculative designers to evaluate the submitted applications. Some of the names are Speculative and Culinary designer Zeenath Hasan, Interaction designer and co-founder of The Kokon Elinor Samuelsson and Researcher and Materialogist Jenny Lee.
Sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. COMA is open to experimental processes that embrace the importance of our senses. Throughout the program, neuroscience, technology and experience design themes will be explored within the art context.
The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme supports COMA as part of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Through the institution of the Nordic Culture Point (Nordisk Kulturkontakt), the Nordic Council of Ministers supports cross-border mobility and cooperation within the arts and cultural sphere.