In a rotation system, a school group of up to 30 young people visited Marres with a short sensory training supervised by an art professional.
Young people explore the dream landscape with their senses.
Five youngsters entered the landscape at the same time. During this visit they were asked: “What do you smell and feel in the surroundings of the plants? What shapes do you see? What strikes you about the landscape”?
Artist Luiz Zerbini clearly wanted to create a 3D painting at Marres. Did the pupils see similarities and differences between his paintings and the created landscape?
On the upper floor there were three -possibly- empty spaces. However, these were filled with sound. Young people were asked to walk around in pairs and to accompany each other. One with his eyes closed while the other accompanies. The sound evoked a different experience for everyone. The aim of this exercise was to share these experiences and associations of sound with each other. In this way the youngsters discover that communication was often based on previous experiences from the senses.
Young people took turns watching the Virtual Reality film. The others sat around it. The person wearing the VR glasses explained what he or she -virtually- sees. The next one goes on again, but should not be repeated. In this way the VR environment is explained to each other more and more.
The students then answered questions such as: “What do you know about the amazon? What do you know about a dream landscape?”.
After visiting the exhibition, the group was asked to describe smells in the garden, or to paint or draw through form and colour.
With this exercise the youngsters observed scents in their surroundings and made associations with them. The exercises offered by Marres are presented to the youngsters as open-ended experiment of the senses.