celebrating international women’s day

In light of International Women’s Day, we invite you to take another look at some of some of the features from the past year on the groundbreaking women whose use of the senses in their creativity make them exemplary to The Fifth Sense’s cause.

Celebrating women who exhibit an empowering fearlessness towards self-expression, a unique use of the senses in their creativity and a contribution to both rewriting the rules and breaking down boundaries, The Fifth Sense has spoken to women from all around the world about their worlds, from the enigmatic London-based artist Susu Laroche who explores heightened emotional states and an idea of senselessness in both her analogue photographs and films; the instrumental punk-rock trio Nisenmondai’s with their heavy, unrefined sound that stands in complete powerful contrast to the popular female-led music in their native of Japan; Berlin-based artist and DJ Isabel Lewis who tests her olfactory sense in one of the world’s most infamous nightclubs Berghain; a conversation between the iconic fashion designer Pam Hogg and Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry whose friendship spans several decades; the five profound female zines each with a powerful cause and unique take on the senses; a poem on Scent written for The Fifth Sense by the contemporary poet Yrsa Daley-Warm; five pioneering female DJ’s from Beirut who defy the rules in a largely male-dominated part of the world; and last but not least an elegant guide on how to break the rules by the iconoclastic contemporary dancer Ellen Van Schuylenburch.

"Smell hits the subconscious brain faster than any other sense, so it is influencing you in ways you don't know" - DJ Isabel Lewis
Life Stinks zine
Life Stinks zine
"I rebelled against the idea of following a certain structure just because you are female" - Ellen Van Schuylenburch
Ellen Van Schuylenburch
Ellen Van Schuylenburch

This Week

making images: behind the scenes

Take another look behind the scenes at photographer Harley Weir’s journey in capturing five women from around the world and get to know some more creators who are defining the image of today in documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan’s Making Images video. 

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making codes: behind the scenes

Take another look at Making Codes, Liza Mandelup's behind the scenes video of digital artist and creative director Lucy Hardcastle's piece Intangible Matter that features producer Fatima Al Qadiri, artist Chris Lee and a host of more leading digital artists.

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making films: behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes in director Eva Michon's Making Films with Alma Har'el video: a look at the making of JellyWolf and the current state of play within the film industry through the eyes of female filmmakers championing diversity, and Alma Har'els Free The Bid initiative. 

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making movement: behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes in filmmaker Agostina Galvez’s Making Movements: a look at the making of The Pike and the Shield: Five Paradoxes with ballerina Nozomi Iijima and other leading movers and shakers from the world of dance including choreographers and dancers Holly Blakey, Aya Sato and the duo Project O. 

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making exhibitions: behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes in director Christine Yuan’s Making Exhibitions with Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel: a look at the making of Just A Second: A Digital Exhibition Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L'EAU, and a look at other leading curators and collectives from the art world including BUFU, Rozsa Farkas, Fatos Ustek, Angelina Dreem and Yana Peel.

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seeing sound: in conversation charlotte hatherley & carly paradis

Two of London’s most sought after figures in visually-shaped music meet.

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lizzie borden: feminist trailblazer

As her magnum opus returns to UK shores, Lizzie Borden – the visionary artist behind Born in Flames – talks rebellion, feminist artistry, and her nostalgia for 70s NYC.

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rebecca lamarche-vadel's
just a second

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel is the Paris based curator for the Palais De Tokyo. Dedicated to modern and contemporary art she puts on large scale exhibitions that span installation, dance, sculpture, photography and spoken word. For The Fifth Sense she created a digital exhibition based on the transformative power of Chanel’s Nº5 L’EAU.

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reba maybury: she’s got the power

We sat down with the editor, writer and dominatrix Reba Maybury to discuss her taboo-breaking publishing house Wet Satin Press, her latest novel Dining With Humpty Dumpty and what it means to be a woman in control.

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