Snoösphere at the Big Anxiety Festival
- When 20 Sep - 11 Nov 2017
Corner Oxford Street & Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
Presented in UNSW Galleries and forming a key part of the UNSW's upcoming The Big Anxiety Festival, Snoösphere is a responsive sensory environment encouraging participants to roam, touch, and explore. Created by Lull Studios, employing autistic artists’ insight into hyper-sensitivity, Snoösphere engages all of the senses using playful spatial and intelligent design.
Snoösphere is inspired by Dutch 'snoezelen', which are stimulation and relaxation environments used in care and rehabilitation contexts. With this project the artist uses digital technologies to update the notion of the snoezelen for the contemporary world where we all need tools and spaces for mitigating sensory anxiety.
A landmark project arising from research and workshops with autistic young people and adults in Sydney and Singapore, Snoösphere offers increased participation for perceptually diverse audiences. Snoösphere pushes the boundaries of engagement and arts access to gain insight into neuro-diversity, as well as to explore perceptual experiences with all audiences.
Snoösphere producers and artists include Lull Studios (Japan/Australia) Lindsay Webb and Elena Knox, Dawn-joy Leong (Singapore), Raewyn Turner and Brian Harris’ (New Zealand), Ed Leckie, Marty Jay, Frank Feltham, James Curtis, Jonathon Bolitho, Kristina Mah, and Julian Higginson.
The Big Anxiety Festival is an initiative of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in association with the Black Dog Institute and over 25 partners across Greater Sydney. The principal Festival partner is The Bridging Hope Charity Foundation.
Major partners and supporters include Australian Government, Department of Communication and the Arts: Catalyst - Arts and Culture Fund; The Neilson Foundation; Australia Council for the Arts; City Of Sydney; Mental Health Commission of NSW and the NSW Government.