Sensing the City: An Urban Room

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Monday 13 January 2020 to Saturday 18 January 2020

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


The Studio, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP



After almost 50 years of neglect of the human dimension, here at the beginning of the 21st century we have an urgent need and growing willingness to once again create cities for people.

Jan Gehl, architect and urban planner, Cities for People, 2010

Together with a collaborative research group of artists and academics from the University of Warwick, the Centre for Dance Research invite you to Sensing the City: An Urban Room.

Specialising in the application of experimental methodologies in dance and choreography, creative writing, performance, film, photography and sound technologies, the team have spent three years exploring the need to create cities for people. Against a backdrop of Coventry’s medieval, post-Second World War and recent 21st century history, this exhibition addresses questions such as:

  • How can the human body be in measure of the city?
  • How can a focus on human sensing enhance the habitability of urban life?
  • What do the sensed contours, textures and atmospheres of the city tell us about it?
  • Who and what is Coventry city centre for?
  • What kind of city do we wish to live in?
The Sensing the City: An Urban Room exhibition includes the following activities:

Activity: Daily screenings of Coventry Radiant City by Michael Lightborne (no booking required)

Location: The Tank (Jordan Well, CV1 5RW)

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm

Duration: 80 minutes


Activity: Carolyn Deby (Sirenscrossing) will offer short audience experiences for up to eight people at a time (booking recommended with the exhibition invigilators).

Location: Exhibition space, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, beginning at 12.00pm, 12.20pm, 12.40pm, 1.00pm, 1.20pm, and 1.40 pm.

Duration: 15 minutes
Please note the work will end outdoors close to the Herbert Gallery. Please dress for the weather conditions.


Activity: Enter & Inhabit

Location: Underpass system at Junction 5 of the Coventry ring road and surrounding areas

Opening hours: 3.30pm-5.30pm Monday 13 & Friday 17 January, 12.00-2.00pm Wednesday 15 January, 07.30am-09.30am Tuesday 14 & Thursday 16 January 2020.

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For enquiries please contact Nese Tosun, Exhibition Officer