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Alternate Sensory Reality

is a programme of short experimental films and artists’ moving image, bringing together perspectives exploring relationships of sensory experience with the world of moving image and sound.


It is inspired by the neurodiversity paradigm - the understanding that all human brains are different, and that each person experiences the world in unique ways.


Susan Sontag argued that our sensory perception indeed makes us who we are, more than conceptual knowledge does: 

'we are what we are able to see (hear, taste, smell, feel) even more profoundly than we are what furniture of ideas we have stocked in our heads’. 

For neurodivergent individuals with heightened sensory differences it might even mean, in the words of autistic advocate Temple Grandin, living in an 'alternate sensory reality’.

The film programme draws on ideas Patrycja Loranc explores in her practice-research: considering experience as an active interaction with the world, and thinking about how can the sensory identity be expressed, evoked, explored by adventures in perception made available by the medium of film? How does that process mediate the ability to connect to the world and to each other, through a non-conceptual, directly experienced type of understanding?


Alternate Sensory Reality will screen in a series of events


run in a collaboration with Plymouth-based film collective Imperfect Cinema at Manor Street Galleries, Stonehouse, Plymouth in the first half of 2024.

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is a series of participatory film workshops and screening events exploring relationships of sensory experience with the world of moving image and sound through experimental approaches, created by Imperfect Cinema and Alternate Sensory Reality. It is taking place at Manor Street Galleries, Stonehouse, Plymouth in 2024.

Imperfect Cinema 

is a socio-participatory venue for film, sound and the moving image, founded by film-makers Allister Gall and Dan Paolantonio in 2010 and taking its’ name and central inspiration from Julio Garcia Espinosa’s seminal text / cinematic call-to-arms, For An Imperfect Cinema (1969).

Find out more: WEBSITE   @imperfectcinema






23 March 2024


Alternate Sensory Reality has the pleasure to present five films from filmmakers based in the UK, Prague, and Brooklyn, bringing moving image investigations of sensory perception to this intimate screening in Stonehouse, Plymouth.

For the second part of the programme, explorations of boundaries in inner and outer experience will start within Toby Tatum's Mental Space, followed by William Luz's intensive meditation on thinking as an act of making visible. Tereza Stehlikova's Self-Isolation Dinner will lead into a contemplation of the role of olfactory and tactile sensations on human connection, while Charles de Augustin's Interior Shot will viscerally questions the acts of looking, watching, hearing and listening as part of film experience. Moving from the body's interior to its intertwining with the natural world through an embodied ritual, the programme will end with Richard and Lily Ashrowan's Evocation.

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27 JANUARY 2024

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The first screening in the series includes films of varying pace that explore sensory sensitivities and altered states of consciousness. How can film express and induce states different to ordinary awareness? These moving images merge external and internal realities with the use of landscape, rhythm, and colour, creating worlds that further investigations of poetic, structural, and documentary film. How might we share subjective experience through moving image and sound?

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Imperfect Cinema's film Halide/ Oxide will screen at the first Cinaesthesia event.

Premiered at the Supersonic Festival (Birmingham, UK) in 2012, Imperfect Cinema's Hallide-Oxide explores potential synergies and dialogues with sonic arts, with a particular emphasis on location, materiality, moments of ellipsis, and chance whilst using foraging and redundancy as key production methodologies. Adopting a participatory methodology, the film was shot using super 8mm film by participants at the festival, and the sound was created with a similar method, facilitated by SOUNDkitchen. 

Find out more: WEBSITE   


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