Sensational Books: An Exhibition at Weston Library, Oxford University

Kate Rudy, Emma Smith (Organiser)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Rub, stroke, chew, wear, sniff – Sensational Books explores our experiences of the book beyond reading.

Structured around six senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch and proprioception – the sense of self-movement and body-perception – this exhibition will unlock a world of sensory engagement with books.

Explore how early books and manuscripts engaged with the senses, in ways similar to more recent works by book artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Using dynamic and interactive elements from sound artists, tactile displays and even a smell wall, come and celebrate the book in all its forms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2022


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