Risonanze Di Vino: Tuning Wine with Sound through the Senses and Culture


Session Title:

  • The Ecosophic World: Inhaling Consciousness

Presentation Title:

  • Risonanze Di Vino: Tuning Wine with Sound through the Senses and Culture



  • Terroir, I think, is the notion that attempts to capture, in a sense, to bottle, this interaction between nature and culture for those involved in wine.” – Amy Trubek

    There is nothing in the senses which does not lead to culture.” – Michel Serres

    Risonanze di Vino was a creative research project conducted with winegrowers in Campania, Southern Italy that sought to explore resonances between the senses, nature and culture. The non-visual senses were used as the main instruments of inquiry, to unearth the sentient interactions that often lie just beneath the surface of consciousness; in the intuitive ways the winegrowers worked with their changing environments, and through the crossmodal correspondences harnessed in the final multisensory artworks.

    This paper situates Risonanze di Vino within the framework of the artist’s concept of sensory terroir, an interlaced sensuousaesthetic system, which in this project blends sensory anthropology, wine studies and crossmodal psychology into a multisensory arts practice. It documents the creation of the artworks, which used the winegrowers’ senses to orient field recordings made in their vineyards and wineries that were shaped into soundscapes that worked in harmony or conversation with their wines. These crossmodal sensescapes were designed to both transmit the winegrowers’ sensory experience, and forge further sensory connections through harnessing crossmodal correspondences discovered between the wines and sounds.