Multisensory Moments: Kazuo Nakamura's Blue Reflections

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Kazuo Nakamura Blue Reflections 1962 oil on canvas, Overall: 101.7 x 127 cm. Purchase, with funds from the Peter Larkin Foundation, 1962. ©  Art Gallery of Ontario 62/8


@ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Multisensory Moments: Kazuo Nakamura's Blue Reflections

Monday, March 21, 11 am
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Art galleries and museums have long emphasized the visual, but we're offering something different: special multisensory art experiences to help you understand your surroundings in new ways! Come virtually explore the AGO Collection by activating your senses as you experience a selection of artworks through visual audio description, touch, smell and/or sound.

How can artists and designers create more multisensory experiences? OCADU Graduate Students, in response to an Inclusive Design Multisensory Museum Course, share their co-creative process of translating artworks in the AGO Collection into multisensory objects. Students explore a wide variety of techniques to create an inclusive gallery experience in a series of Multisensory Museum Moments.

In this program, Jessica Hwu and Winter Yen present an inclusive, multisensory translation of Kazuo Nakamura's Blue Reflections (1962). The concept of this translation is called the forest box: a trip, an experience and a connection to the land. This translation involves visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile elements to present a comprehensive experience for users. The video is a documentary about building this forest box in the Great Toronto Area and the process of creating each element.

Jessica Hwu

Jessica is  a graduate student in the Design for Health program, OCAD University, with an industrial design background. She is passionate about discovering different possibilities in the design field. As a Design for Health student, she tries to integrate her design skills and knowledge to support vulnerable groups to have a better life.

Winter Yen

Winter is a graduate student in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University. She focuses on interactive and immersive experiences that combine design with programming and kinetics, merging physical and digital elements to create multisensorial and expand new possibilities.


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