common spaces- coded memories

16 04 2012

Latest installation of mine, what i made for the project called `cross senses – Synaesthesia. About the workshop i already wrote earlier. Now i just want to write about the realized project, here is a short description:

The goal of this installation is not to emulate the visual world of a  synesthesian person. I would like to present the process of the perception from the viewpoint of a  non-synesthesian person. The box is the transit place or space between the reality and the synesthesian‘s world. We, non-synesthesians cannot see the process itself (that is why we don’t see what is in the box), but as soon as the synesthesian person provides us with some non-visual, oral information, we get a chance to experience visually at least some fragments of his/her visions (on the monitor).  In this way the installation is similar to an observation zone, but the zone, of course, is the inner world of the synesthesian.

and here is an exemplar room visual (altogether was 25 different rooms).

Functionalist imperfection

19 01 2012

Last weekend I took part in the synœsthesia workshop, project of Larissa Wunderlich. The goal of her project is to initiate a kind of dialogue between synesthesien people and the artists to be resulted in an exhibition. Depending on the artist’s choice the artwork can be an installation, performance or anything.

I did my best and without any earlier background knowledge I participated in the workshop. I red the classical wikipedia material on the topic, but I wasn’t prepared. The surprice was big. Our talks with synesthsien people were incredible; for the time being I don’t even try to describe it, perhaps later. We spent almost one day with talking, asking questions and understanding the impossible. They opened up doors for a new and unknown realm and let us enter it. And I am so thankful to get this incredible experience.

As an artist I needed to set up a small presentation about my works. Taking advantage of this possibility I decided to choose 25 pattern images of mine, to present them and asking for the comments of the synesthesien partners.

I am not allowed to include names here, so I just copy paste some comments and some images from my selection. I should like to move on from this point, and after having collected the feedbacks I intend to generate images directly in  synesthesien‘s sense. There were some basic rules what I could learn about the image structure, and what I am willing to utilize. But it should be kept in mind that synœsthesia is somewhat different in every case, so if we speak about it „in general“ no common correspondences are to be found,  just some coincidences.

“Looks like a room which appears when I have a good disputation with someone eloquent. It is a kind of good fight.”

I dont want to go deep  now with the paradigm of the definition of the “room”, just i would mention that some  synesthesien has this kind of space vision (it can be a room for example). But i got another room related feedback here is it:

This image is related with a concrete person, a friend of the synesthesien. The image structure is related with the habit of this friend, and generated when the synesthesien meets with this person.

This image is more like a dancing situation, of course without any drogs, but related with a night when the synesthesien was dancing all night long. What is really interested is the memory what was recalled by my image. I think all of us has a visual memory, but the fact that they can store images related with concrete persons, happenings and concrete memories is amazing for me.

There are to more images what i want to mention here, the first one is from my curly code performance so its not a pattern, but related with the headache vision of the synesthesien and the other one is more like a coffee overdose.

I would like to underline some facts again:

-these are really the first steps of this project

-i dont want to handle this post of mine as a scientifically correct text, these are more like my personal feedbacks