Sensing the Capital

 Credit: SaSa Art Projects

Credit: SaSa Art Projects

Sensing the Capital is a multi-exhibition and event project that proposes two key ideas: Sense and Capital, as an approach to investigate and understand Phnom Penh city as well as resources that intersect within it, crossing its border, and hovering its margin, in interrelated context across multi-discipline such as art, culture, architecture, and utbanism through the activation and the use of bodily sensorium or the senses.  

As Cambodia adopts neoliberal metropolitanism and increasingly participates in the globalized economy, Phnom Penh has gone through a rapid and imbalanced transformation of its urban landscape and structure, migration and population growth, and environmental ecology. Over the last decade alone, Phnom Penh has witnessed numerous high-rises, shopping malls, apartment complexes and gated housing communities spouting across the city center and its surrounding areas. However, these also come with consequences: city lakes being filled up with sand, eviction of urban poor communities, squeezing up of public spaces, and neglect and demolition of historical buildings. 

Sensing the Capital considers Phnom penh as well as its human and culture capitals through urban research and artistic proposition that foreground human sensibility and consciousness. The project proposes a multi-exhibition that foreground human sensibility and consciousness. The project proposes a multi-exhibition and event program that take place at various venues a cross the city, aiming to target and engage with different groups of city residents.

Sensing the Capital is organized by The Vann Molyvann Project and SaSa Art Projects

With Support from Khmer Architecture Tours, Space for Architecture Cambodia, and World Monument Fund.