Consenses 2015 Initiatives

Consenses Exhibit 44 Main Street Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


is a global art form and project that unfolds like a game of Telephone across the world: a musician interprets a photograph, a dancer interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume and so on until all five senses are represented.

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Each artist extracts the essence of the artwork they are provided and uses it as the catalyst for their own creation. Finally set designers are given the cumulative artwork and asked to create a physical space for the art to live in.  Repeating this process 22 times, 150 artists from around the world ended up participating from 22 countries.  The resulting exhibition is now showing through the end of 2015.  Visitors participate by lending their own artistic interpretations of the work on display.  Consenses for its artists as well as for its visitors, builds unity, understanding, compassion and tolerance for others perspectives. For more information please refer to the TED Talk here


Monthly Challenge: Chain #8

Each month Consenses offers its visitors a monthly challenge. This is an opportunity to let the artwork inspire you and use it as a catalyst for your own creation in the medium of your choosing.

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Can you really experience anything objectively?

November 16, 2015

There’s a difference between understanding the world objectively (or at least trying to, anyway) and experiencing it through an exclusively objective framework. This is essentially the problem of qualia — the notion that our surroundings can only be observed through the filter of our senses and the cogitations of our minds. Everything you know, everything you’ve touched, seen, and smelled, has been filtered through any number of physiological and cognitive processes. Subsequently, your subjective experience of the world is unique. In the classic example, the subjective appreciation of the color red may vary from person to person. The only way you could possibly know is if you were to somehow observe the universe from the “conscious lens” of another person … Continued