NEXT SENSES is an ongoing research project and science fiction film installation by Lisanne Buik and Next Nature Network that explores the potential of AI, AR and sensor-tech to expand our senses, increase our wellbeing, and connect us to nature in unexpected ways.
What to do when you lose your sense of smell as a chef? When you are disconnected not only from the dishes you cook but also from the people you cook for? In this film, protagonist Franka explains how her synesthesia sense rewired not only her brain but also her cooking process and gave her a unique color and scent pallet to work with, resulting in innovative dishes that she could have never thought of before.
What is Synesthesia?
Synesthesia is an extraordinary phenomenon where a sensation in one of the senses, such as smell, triggers a sensation in another, such as sight. While synesthesia is in itself very rare, odor-visual synesthesia is the rarest. Only 6% of people with synesthesia are having visual experiences when they smell odors.
A Sense of Synesthesia
Grassy, smoky, earthy, caramel, aromatic, herbal, sour, grassy, delicate, citrus. We allowed the terroir of the land to inform the artificial intelligence that categorized each scent and each colour to combine the two in unexpected ways. We asked: what is the colour of a scent? How do our memories relate to scents, and do these correlate to colours or not? Or are there certain colours ‘inherent’ to scents, which we all perceive similarly? This short film invites people to explore the relationship between their sense of smell and their perception of colours.
©️Lisanne Buik 2019
Concept & Direction: Concept, Creative Director, Research, Scripts: Lisanne Buik Project Management: Tim Hoogesteger, Next Nature Network Art Direction, Camera, Editing: Alain de Bruijn Sense Consultancy: Koert van Mensvoort, Rolf Swolfs Cast: Actors: Jason Winter (Wifi Angels), Hester Beek (Synesthesia), Andy Chaleff (Electronic Empathy), Lisanne Buik (Skin Waves), Levange en Evaly Hermus (The Baby Code) Voice-Overs: Jason Winter (Wifi Angels), Hilde Anna de Vries (Synesthesia), Oscar Kneppers (Electronic Empathy), Lisanne Buik (Skin Waves), Fay Kneppers (The Baby Code). Project Partners: Next Nature Network, CitySenses, Lisanne Buik, Alain de Bruijn.
This production is supported by: Rabobank, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Cultuurfonds Almere, Gemeente Almere, ANBI, Arc2 Architecten, AMR, Voordekunst, TSR, Active Health Foundation. Gratitude to: Kimchi Wow, Eye Museum, Rotterdam AI, Amsterdam Welvaren, Fleur van der Minne, TU Delft – Pieter Jonker, Conscious Hotel Amsterdam.