Foyles launches multi-sensory exhibition at The Gallery

Bookseller Foyles has opened an interactive exhibition in homage to the 19th century French writer J K Huysmans at its event space, The Gallery, in London's Charing Cross.

Foyles opens multi-sensory exhibition with Futurecity
Foyles opens multi-sensory exhibition with Futurecity

‘An ode to A Rebours’ features the work of 12 artists and designers. Their creations have been enhanced by sensory branding agency Vetyver, which uses sense technology to create a 3D experience.

Open for the public to explore until 23 January 2015, the project is part of a series of shows hosted by Foyles and curated by culture consultancy group Futurecity. It features work inspired by the decadent aristocrat Des Esseintes from Huysmans’ novel from artists such as Timorous Beasties, Peter Saville for Dovecot Studios and Jason Marks.

Sion Hamilton, retails operations director at Foyles, said: "A Rebours is a touchstone work of French literature that you can go back to time and time again. Its influence over the last century extends to so many different areas of creative disciplines, and interest in the novel seems to regenerate with each new generation of readers."

Mark Davy, curator and founder of Futurecity, added: "A Rebours highlights the huge re-emergence of interest in using classic sculptural materials and applying historic techniques and celebrates the skill of physically making something precious and original."

Foyles also revealed its festive events for the Christmas season last week (27 November). Highlights include a River Cottage takeover of The Café at Foyles tomorrow (3 December) to celebrate Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new book release, and a performance from jazz musician Ben Audu on Friday (5 December).

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