Making stories of our senses


Fly like a bird above Manhattan, live the story of Goldilocks with your sense of smell, walk inside a cube of interactive movies, sketch the movement of shadows using a mobile sculpture—all these experiences were part of an entertaining and playful virtual reality exhibition entitled Sensory Stories: An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences.

Presented for the first time in Canada by the Phi Centre and the Future of StoryTelling (FoST), Sensory Stories are narratives that merge traditional storytelling with new technologies based on full-body immersion and interaction.

The exhibition featured 16 works by artists from all over the world who are redefining the way we experience narrative. Five of these were created by Canadians, including three works by Québecers and three produced with the collaboration of the National Film Board. Sensory Stories let visitors enjoy immersive experiences and new technologies that engage our senses of sight, sound, touch and smell. Virtual reality trumps science fiction, it seems!