A portrait of the artist, a brown-skinned woman with curly dark hair, wearing all black with a red and gold necklace. She is underneath the Spatial Sound Studio in Budapest, Hungary framed by neon blue and white lights, fog, and wooden pillars. There are transducers underneath the pillars, an important consideration in developing the vibrational experience of The Cost of Entry is a Heartbeat, an invitation for collective rest using heartbeat data and thermal bath sounds developed in Budapest. Photo credit: Bence Mladin SSI

salima punjani

Salima Punjani is an Access Activator, M.S.W. and Multisensory Artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is particularly interested in how biological data can be transformed to create artful experiences of empathy and connection. Her recent projects include The Cost of Entry is a Heartbeat, a collective rest experience using heartbeat data and sounds recorded in Budapest’s thermal baths. Progression, a real-time immersive multisensory installation that explores the narratives of people living with multiple sclerosis fused with brainwaves and MRI scans. Konbit Anba Soley, an interactive documentary about a social movement in Cité Soleil, Haiti as well as Moms of Montreal, a multicultural photographic storytelling project offering an intimate view into the recipes and stories of families in Montreal. She recently completed a Master’s in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal with a specific focus on the intersection between the arts and care work and is a trained Access Activator.

Recent work

She is currently focusing on developing a methodology for tactile photography and applying an access lens to spatial sound technology. She has an upcoming exhibition in 2021 at Ada X in Montreal.


Art form
Sound Art
Vibrotactile/Multisensory Art


Blind or Low Vision

Montreal, Quebec