Sensory Tour: What Does An Exhibition Smell Like? How Does It Taste?

January 26, 2023
Event Types
Exhibition Tour
Special Program
Sculpture of a lion’s mane mushroom that resembles a white foamy substance and grows inside a bright red ceramic vessel with a loose woven composition and many openings sits on a pedestal next to a matte black plant sprayer.

Candice Lin, Memory (Study #2), 2016. Installation view: Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2022. Photo: Dario Lasagni

MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15 Atrium level Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Day & Time
Free, but registration required.

Tessa Bachi Haas

This expanded sensory engagement tour invites visitors to see, touch, hear, taste, and smell materials on view in Symbionts: Contemporary Artists in the Biosphere.

Resisting an anthropocentric order, Symbionts celebrates biodiversity at the material level. Visitors are invited to interact with materials encountered inside and outside the galleries: mushrooms, soil, sand, flowers, fruit, essential oils, wool, water, and more. 

Independent Activities Period (IAP)

This program is part of the Independent Activities Period (IAP), a special four-week term at MIT. IAP 2023 begins on Monday, January 9, 2023, and ends on Friday, February 3, 2023. Guests from outside the MIT community are welcome to attend all in-person events. 

About the Speaker

Tessa Bachi Haas is a PhD candidate in history of art at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned her MA in 2019. Her research focuses on contemporary screen-based media, digital identity, and net art through material culture methodologies. She has contributed to exhibitions and publications of work by Polly Apfelbaum, Rina Banerjee, Larry Day, Nestor Armando Gil, Jayson Musson, Frank Stewart, Bill Viola, and Didier William, among others. Tessa has curated several exhibitions in the Philadelphia-area and is active within their DIY gallery scene. She currently works at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the ICA/Boston.