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Sarah Marsh, 'Sensory Archive Corner', photograph by Jules Lister

Sensory Archive Corner

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10:00–17:00 daily, Tuesday–Saturday
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esea contemporary has commissioned Manchester-based artist and designer Sarah Marsh to create the site-specific installation 'Sensory Archive Corner' in our Communal Project Space. This installation aims to provide participants with an engaging yet tranquil environment to access curated publications, digital archives, and oral history materials from esea contemporary's Archive and Library. Functioning as a playful space to listen, share, learn, and appreciate, the immersive installation seeks to offer a multi-sensory experience that carves space for mind and body to lean into conversations, dialogues, and a re-evaluation of the archives and counter archives. Sensory-soothing objects, including long weighted yarns, wearable beads, weighted collars, and playfully quilted headphones, have all been inspired by communicative and sound aesthetics.

Photograph by Jules Lister
Photograph by Jules Lister
Photograph by Jules Lister
Photograph by Jules Lister
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Counter-archive, translation, and at times untranslatability, become the driving force of the selection of archive materials. Forging new ways of communication transcends the linguistic to the sensory, visual, and emotional. The experiences that emanate through esea contemporary’s oral archives present unspoken hardships of not only navigating modes of communication, but also of finding and creating community in unfamiliar territories. Surfacing these stories allows us to consider how the archive can function as a dialogical space in the present, where it lives and breathes as a part of our everyday experience. Here, to empathise becomes a disciplined practice of learning and unlearning, as well as repositioning oneself within the shifting conditions of the environment.

Sarah Marsh is a Manchester-based creative practitioner, artist, designer and consultant for play, with a passion for textiles, sculpture and hand-made processes. She has many years experience of creating award-winning, sensory-inspired and child-led environments for play and learning, in a variety of internationally renowned cultural settings across the UK and Europe. Sarah’s most recent commissions include; ’Sculpting Conversations’ at Whitechapel Gallery, London (Summer 2023) and ’North Light’ (Art in Manufacturing), The National Festival of Making, Blackburn (July 2023), as part of her HoLD collective. She is currently working on commissions with Tate Britain, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Whitworth and York Art Gallery. Sarah is an artist whose practice is sensory-led; often working with neurodivergent communities and SEND audiences to create tactile and multi-sensory environments and objects, where design has evolved through observation and interaction. Sarah makes, to understand.

After leaving University of Salford, Sarah worked with the Chinese Arts Centre (2003) in various capacities, including technician, administrator, and freelance project coordinator. Sarah went on to travel extensively through China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, South Korea and Japan — an experience that has greatly impacted her creative practice. Her time in Shanghai, informed the look and feel of The Sensory Toolkit; dumpling-esque therapeutic holding objects; her use and passion of fabrics; and the shapes and forms found in architecture and nature all around her.

This site-specific installation is part of esea contemporary's Summer Programme ‘From (Counter-)Archives to Activation.

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From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
Project
From (Counter-)Archives to Activation
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May
2024
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August
2024
2024-05-04
Through our collaboration with artists, curators, thinkers, scholars, and communities, we seek to foreground pluralistic narratives and empower individuals to shape their own histories.