“If the plant contract is an effort to redress damages incurred upon nature due to human over-dominance and extreme sovreignity over the natural world, then Jo Burzynska is experimenting with changing our perceptions of the vegetal life, and dabbling with the changed usage of a given landscape.”
Prudence Gibson. The Plant Contract: Art’s Return to Vegetal Life. 2018. Lieden: Brill.
I’m honoured to have a section devoted to my work in Prudence Gibson’s excellent new book on critical plant studies, The Plant Contract. In “A Baccanalian Labour,” Gibson writes about my Oenosthesia project and ongoing research into the perceptual interactions between sound and taste/flavour.
I’m recruiting participants to take part in a study on how sound affects the perception wine characters. This is the final part of an experiment started at Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory with Professor Charles Spence and Dr Janice Wang that I will be finishing in Sydney.
To participate in the study you must be over 18, comfortable with consuming a small (125ml) amount of red wine and have a normal sense of smell, taste and hearing. Participants will be given red wines to taste with different sounds, and will be asked a series of questions. The experiment is a single session that takes no longer than 30 minutes. All those taking part in the study will be invited to attend a free wine and music tasting that I will host later this year in Sydney using the results of previous research.
The experiments will take place at the UNSW Paddington Campus:
22nd March 5-8pm
23rd March 11am-6.30pm
24th March 10.30am to 5pm
And UNSW Kensington Campus:
5th April 10am-4pm
6th April 10am-4pm
Those with all levels of wine expertise are welcome. However, I’m particularly interested in recruiting participants who are able to identify body and acidity in a wine.
If you are interested, please contact me using the form below, ideally with an idea of what dates/time might suit. Slots are on the hour and half hour between the specified times.
Please do circulate this invitation to anyone else who might be interested.