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Creative Thinking: Synesthesia

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Foundation Studies

on 4 September 2013

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Creative Thinking: Synesthesia
What is Synesthesia
Those with Synesthesia
Activity 2
For week 8
Choose one theme (i.e.: Architecture, food, electronics..etc)
Find "faces" in chosen them.
20 images at least

Activity 1 - What is your favorite color, how would you describe it to someone else?

In the 1880s, Francis Galton described a condition in which “persons…almost invariably think of numerals in visual imagery.” This “peculiar habit of mind” is today called synaesthesia”, and Galton’s description clearly defines this condition as one in which stimuli of one sensory modality elicit sensations in another of the senses.

Synaesthesia is a truly fascinating condition. In its simplest form it is best described as a “union of the senses” whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together. Some synaesthetes experience colour when they hear sounds or read words. Others experience tastes, smells, shapes or touches in almost any combination. These sensations are automatic and cannot be turned on or off.

Wassily Kandinsky, “Yellow, Red, Blue” (1925).

“I saw all my colours in spirit, before my eyes. Wild, almost crazy lines were sketched in front of me.” This was Kandinsky’s reaction to a performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in St. Petersburg.

Can you hear this painting?

Transverse Line, 1923 | 141 x 202 cm | Oil on canvas
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

Kandinsky is believed to have had synaesthesia, in his case, colours and painted marks triggered particular sounds or musical notes and vice versa.
HONF | Intelligent Bacteria Orchestra
Using the 20 images taken from last week, describe these senses as accurately as you can, crossing over senses.
Transform your visual ideas into sound, smell, touch, taste, and movement. 
Brainstorm and come up with ten good lines for whatever you are describing.
Choose best lines from above step and combine them into a 200 words story about “A journey of (your selected subject matter)
Don’t resist the direction the language takes you.   What was the result?
Upload all all 20 images and short story onto e-journal for this week

What does it See: Think about its textures, light-dark values, clarity, etc.  Describe the experience as accurately as you can without using any visual words. 
What does it hear: an environmental sound, or a certain interior/exterior ”space” and listen to the sounds around you. Think of sound as though it were colors, temperatures, textures, scents, flavors, and even physical movement. 
What does it taste…
What does it feel ….
What does it smell…

Born 1961, in Brazil, currently an artist in New York City
Since the mid 1990s, Vik Muniz has been incorporating everyday objects into his photographic process to create witty, bold, and often deceiving images based on photojournalism and art history. The Brazilian-born, New York-based artist makes pictures from dirt, diamonds, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, dust, ketchup, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, junk, pigment, and other materials.

Muniz, “Saturn Devouring His Children (After Francisco José de Goya)”

Francisco José de Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Children

Though Muniz's images are often familiar - borrowing from popular culture and Old Master artists - it is quickly evident that they are not what they seem. Using an approach that the artist calls "the worst possible illusion," the works are formed from materials gathered from everyday life, which Muniz arranges and photographs, rather than traditional artistic materials.

Muniz, “Che Guevara” from beans
Muniz “Medusa” from arranged spaghetti
Muniz “Mona Lisa” (Peanut Butter and Jelly)
Muniz, “Valentine, The Fastest. From "The Sugar Children Series." 1996.
His "Sugar Children" series consists of photographs of drawings he made in sugar of children whose parents and grandparents have worked on the sugar plantation on the island of Saint Kitts. Our habitual responses are short-circuited by these unusual portraits.

Describe how you feel, looking at this image
Born 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ernesto Neto is a contemporary Brazilian artist who creates large installations of large, soft, biomorphic structures that visitors can walk amongst, touch or sometimes sit in. They are generally made of a white stretchy stocking like fabric and filled with Styrofoam although sometimes they are filled with aromatic spices.

Nylon stalactites. Biomorphic spice sacks. Pools of plastic balls. These are some ways to begin describing Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s installation, anthropodino, that launches Park Avenue Armory’s series of site-specific commissions. To begin only; one truly needs to experience this multi-sensory interactive environment in person to gain any sense of what it is.

Comprised of hundreds of yards of stretched Lycra tulle and over 1,600 pounds of cumin, lavender, ginger, tumeric and other aromatic spices, anthropodino transforms the imposing Drill Hall (one of the city’s vastest interior spaces) into an engaging playground that invites visitors to wander, lie down, kick off their shoes, jump in, or simply stand back and take it all in.

HONF | The House Of Natural Fiber
Intelligent Bacteria -- Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an artistic research project, manifested in the form of an acoustic and performative installation that responds to the high number of poisonings and deaths of alcohol consumers in Indonesia.
A Short Story - "A Journey of ….."
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