Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics
Edited By Joerg Fingerhut, Sabine Flach and Jan Söffner
At a Berlin-based conference Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, scholars from various disciplines gathered to discuss these issues. In bringing together the outcome of these discussions, this book gives new insights into the key phenomena of sensory integration and synaesthetic experiences, it enriches the perspectives on sensually embedded interaction and its habituation, and it expands this interdisciplinary inquiry to questions about the cultures of sensory habitus.
Arts of Synaesthesia
Why Is Green a Red Word? DITTE LYNGKÆR PEDERSEN Green is red because the two vowels ‘e’ are red and they are dominating my per- ception of the word green. I have used this question as a working title for a long- term project on synaesthesia. It reminds me of the big spectrum of colors and the complementary issues this phenomenon brings up. Under the umbrella of Why is Green a Red Word? I have made a series of conceptual and documentary video works, exhibitions, talks and a book. Between 2003 and 2010 I searched for synaesthetes and researchers around the world that would share their views on multi sensory perceptions. With an autobiographic approach I used the video camera as an instrument to collect, remember and discuss what I learned. I also used the camera to experiment on how to translate and imitate the synesthetic experience. In this process I found myself being fascinated by how language is an inadequate medium in describing the sensations, and at the same time how problematic a materialization is, be- cause the synaesthetic experience often happens in the minds eye. How does interpretation overlap, replace and become truths? How do we translate sensory experiences? How does one reduce such a phenomenon down to something one can identify with? These are some of the questions that guided the years of research. My main interest has been to discuss the subjective versus the objective re- ality and provoke imagination, rather than visualizing and materializing...
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