2021-09-07 14:48Press release

ArkDes's exhibition about ASMR to open at London's Design Museum in 2022

The ASMR Arena. Photo: Ed Reeve for the Design MuseumThe ASMR Arena at the Design Museum in London. Photo: Ed Reeve for the Design Museum

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD, the first museum exhibition to explore the creative field of ASMR, will open at the Design Museum in London in 2022.

ASMR is a term that describes a physical sensation: euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body. In recent years an online audience of millions has grown, dedicated to watching the work of designers and content creators who try to trigger this feeling in their viewers.

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD garnered large interest both physically and virtually when it was on display at ArkDes during 2020. The exhibition was named among the five "must-see" online design exhibitions by Azure, mentioned in articles in The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen and Surface Magazine, and was a part of Dezeen's 2020 Virtual Design Festival. ArkDes is pleased to be collaborating with the Design Museum to develop an iteration of the exhibition for new audiences in 2022.

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD / Konstig känsla känns bra (Boxen, ArkDes). Photo/Foto: Johan Dehlin

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD in Boxen at ArkDes (2020). Photo: Johan Dehlin.

Notes to editors
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Design Museum and ArkDes, where it was first shown in 2020. It is curated by James Taylor-Foster, curator of contemporary architecture and design (ArkDes). The exhibition is slated to open on May 13, 2022.

About the exhibition
WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD is the first exhibition of its kind to lift ASMR out from your screen and into public space. Bringing together a global group of ASMRtists and creatives, visitors are invited to step into an acoustically tuned environment and understand how new and existing tools and materials are being deployed to negotiate a complex world. Find out more about the exhibition here.

About the Design Museum
Founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran and located on High Street Kensington in West London, the Design Museum is one of the United Kingdom's foremost museums of contemporary design and architecture. Visit the Design Museum's website.

About ArkDes (The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design)

ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship.


Maria Östman
Maria Östman

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