Seven artworks by artists from all around the world formed the centre of this cultural event about synesthesia. The project required the artists to work over a period of several months in an intense dialogue with a synesthete. The exhibited works aimed to give insight into the synaesthetic world of perception from the very unique and subjective perspective of the individual artist.
PANKE, Berlin, 31.3. - 9.4.2012
Video: Dominik Gambert, Andre Schäfer, Andreas Plata
A participatory performance by Lori Esposito & Duane McDiarmid
The artwork "Choreography of objects: red downward pressure is A" was created for the exhibition 'cross senses in Berlin 2012. The exhibition gave an insight into the colourful world of genuine synesthesia.
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In Choreography of objects: red downward pressure is A, Created by the collaborative team from America: synaesthetic artist Lori Esposito and her partner Sculptor Duane McDiarmid. The artists and audience participants will join together and use a combination of custom made props and everyday objects to perform an alphabet of gestures. Lori’s color grapheme synaesthesia emerges from the internal caverns and recesses of her mind expanding outward to the social space of gallery – where language will be formed and it’s meaning raveled and unraveled within a multi-modal framework.
Using everyday familiar objects, participants will follow a choreography that seeks to translate and approximate Esposito’s individual synaesthetic experience into a shared group dialog. Here, emphasis can reside on the poetics of text and associative relationships. Gestures as letters will be sequenced to construct words in a language of absurdist actions.
Synaestheic experience feels normative to the synaesthete, in the Esposito/McDiarmid collaboration physical presence and audience participation brings this usually internal experience into a heightened group hallucination in which objects and bodies conjoin in a celebration of the layered abstraction that the synaesthete negotiates daily. The Choreography of objects: red downward pressure is A event created for ‘cross senses emulates the activities of the mind and fosters a shared absurdist cult of theatrics.
A score of simple physical actions aligned with each alphabetic letter has been produced alongside the construction of each prop-object. Through this choreography we are all enabled to experience similitude, consistency within a kaleidoscopic set of arrangement variations derived from a specific synaesthesia based structure. We have sought to extend beyond conventional gridded coordinates as the intimacy of our discourse has revealed that associations are not simply categorical equivalences (example B equals blue). While linkages are inseparable (Blueness to B), there are also relational variances that result when letters are combined. Lori’s experiences are not so much a one for one code but a highly nuanced, consistent, similitude colored within parameters determined by her chemo-biological experiences and perceptions. Likewise the resultant ‘scores’ for actions we have produced can give consistent results while creating versatile combinations lyrically linked rather then chastely bound.
Strict parameters set within Lori – as a neurological body – produce a plethora of configurations. In the work each letter is represented by a specific object, participant interaction and color range, (for instance S is represented by blowing a jet stream of pink powder from a plastic tube) thus each letter is both identifiable and specific unto itself. When these letters are performed in concert, each is affected by it’s neighbors and their actions. Through these representations we seek to reveal an interplay that enhances the idiosyncratic oddities at work in the construction of a beautiful and celebrative synaesthete-like play. This play experience we seek to export to the non-synaesthete.
Video: André Schäfer, Dominic Gambert, Andreas Plata