Art Laboratory Berlin: Synaesthesia/ 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving - 1 June 2013 to 21 July 2013
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, Why Is Green a Red Word?
video stills, 2003 - 2013
Synaesthesia/ 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen
Opening: May 31, 2013, 8pm
Exhibition runs: June 1 – July 21, 2013
Opening hours: Fr - So, 2-6pm and after appointment
Synaesthesia / 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving presents works by Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen (DK), Eva-Maria Bolz (D) and Andy Holtin (USA). The exhibition devotes itself to selected artistic strategies for decoding the phenomenon of synaesthesia. It is significant that all three artists experience different forms of synaesthetic perception.
Since 2003, Danish artist Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, herself a synaesthete, has created an extensive video archive of interviews about the multi-sensory perception of synaesthesia that document the experiences of individuals and at the same time make the unbridgeable gap between this topic and the audience clear. The works brought together in the Why is Green a Red Word? , investigate the relationship between language, translation and visual thinking. Lyngkær Pedersen follows a documentary approach, by focusing on the interview and therefore creating space for an unsuspected diversity of synaesthetic expression on a global scale. In addition the exhibition will show a series of drawings, which depict the spatial imagination of number forms of different synaesthetes. Contemporaneous with the exhibition opening will be the publication of Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen’s artist book Why is Green a Red Word?.
The work of the Berlin artist and grapheme and lexical synaesthete Eva-Maria Bolz is dedicated to an exploration of the relationship between colour, text and perception. In her individual form of synaesthesia she feels an unchanging association of colours to numbers, letters, as well as whole words. Perception becomes a filter through which letters, words – text in itself – are translated into colours and transformed from a set of well-known characters into a message that can be detected by means of a particular synaesthetic sensibility. The project, which Eva-Maria Bolz presents at Art Laboratory Berlin, follows her subjective perception that colours and letters form a specific code through which a text can be translated into blocks of colour. Each letter corresponds to a specific colour.
Andy Holtin has grapheme synaesthesia, connected with a particular colour-number association. He sees numbers in specific colours, moreover, this is influenced by a partial red-green colour blindness, affecting certain nuances. In his video Corrections you can see how a hand colours in the numbers of different signs and nameplates in photographs. Corrections demonstrates the gap between the object and subjective sense perception as well as the personal impressions of the artist himself. By speeding up the video, the act of colouring in appears grotesque as the act of artist's hand achieves a form of slapstick.
During this final exhibition the synaesthesia series, Art Laboratory Berlin will host an international interdisciplinary conference "Synaesthesia. Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro-)science" (5 & 6 July, 2013, Glaskasten Theatre, Prinzenallee 33, next to Art Laboratory Berlin).
More information at: http://www.artlaboratory-berlin.org/home_eng.htm
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz (curators)
Press: Olga Shmakova
Supported by :
STATENS KUNSTRÅD / DANISH ARTS COUNCIL, degewo, fotoscout
Synaesthesia is supported in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.