Chromesthisia

Synesthesia (or synaesthesia, derived from the word syn {together} and sensation) has been primarily known as a neurological condition where two or more senses cooperate, and are affected by each other, up to the point that are simultaneously realised or experienced. Later on, the definition of the synesthetic experience has been more popular and has also been transformed through the experiences of musicians and artists, which consist the majority of synesthetes.

There are many kinds of synesthesia, with one kind relating numbers and letters to different colours. This kind of synesthesia is named grapheme-color synesthesia. Another kind is chromesthesia, a kind of synesthesia where vision is activated and affected by hearing, through sound waves. Different colours and patterns can be seen with every different note produced. For example, someone with chromesthesia sees a particular cookout or pattern when they open a squeaky door, or when someone is playing the trumpet.

The aim of this installation is to create an environment where the visitor will have the opportunity to experiment with different musical instruments that can be used however they wish, even in combination. This experimentation will give the opportunity to relate sound to vision (colours, movement, pattern), by mimicking the experience of a chromesthesic individual in order for the viewers to perceive how they experience sound. The visitor can thus attempt to form new neural pathways between the optic and auditory parts of the brain, so that they trigger a chromesthesic experience. The experience can be controlled and optimised by the visitors, in order to create a multi sensory environment that reflects their mood and feelings.

Marisa Satsia was born and raised in Nicosia. In 2010 she commenced her studies in Fine Art at Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in Dundee. During her undergraduate course she experimented with Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics and Performance. In her final year of her undergraduate course, Satsia focused on an interdisciplinary visual research by collaborating with the Medical Science Institute of her university, in order to produce a body of work inspired by the nervous system and haematology. Following the completion of her first degree, she continued her studies in Medical Art at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification of the University of Dundee. She currently works as a freelance fine/medical artist at Med Art Cabinet studio. She has also created the Sci/Art Collective Association Cyprus (SACAC), a collective of scientists and artists, which aims to encourage local science/art collaborations and projects.

Project title: Chromesthisia
Materials: Projector, Synesthesia live software, musical instruments
Dimensions: n/a
Construction Year: 2017

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