Sunday, 26 October 2008

OOXXOO Exhibtion

On the 23rd of October OOXXOO’s exhibition of synesthetic art opened at the Take Courage Gallery in East London. It was refreshing to see such a variety of artwork and ideas around the concept of synesthesia displayed together. Though it is a relatively small show in a very contained space, it show covers an expanse of ideas which involve the spectator, listener and participant, who is invited to contemplate the work through many senses, as well as play in the creative process. It was fascinating to listen to the conversations of so many people -breathed in an out of the gallery- sharing their different views on synesthesia, art and interdisciplinary creativity, everyone expanding the ideas of others. The exhibition is on through to the 30th of October. To find out more about the exhibition and OOXXOO’s other work go to:

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

kate spanos

Just wanted to point out the new link (on the left) to a Website by Kate Spanos, synesthetic dancer, and video below

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

International exhibition of video and moving image on synesthesia and visual music.

Call for kinetic works
MuVi2 invites artists, musicians, designers and performers, also professors and university students, to submit proposals of kinetic works to be part of a public exhibition, with performances and discussions. Visual Music exhibition is part of the Third International Congress "Synaesthesia: Science & Art", to be held from the 26th to the 29th of April 2009, Parque de las Ciencias, and "Sala de la Delegación de Cultura de la Diputación de Granada", Spain.
Deadline for submissions
Latest date for submissions is 30 November 2008 (date of postage).

Saturday, 4 October 2008


I just wanted to let you all know about a project that I curate and edit along with Joseph James Hales. It is called OOXXOO [] and is the product of both mine and Joe's interest in Synaesthesia. We are both artists based in South London and we are just about to have our third exhibition of work on the subject starting on the 23rd October at the Take Courage Gallery []. Currently we are exhibiting at the Lewisham Arthouse and previously we launched OOXXOO at the Courtyard in Soho [there is a video of this launch on the website in addition].

'Aleatory Composition' by Hoagy Houghton

We are open to submission from all artists, musicians and writers. We are especially interested to hear from anyone with Synaesthesia that might be interested in submitting work. We could possibly fit a couple of pieces in for the Take Courage exhibition on the 23rd if anyone is interested. You can contact me on This project is self funded with the eventual aim of creating a definitive book about Synaesthesia involving all types of content, for this we are looking for funding. You can download the first edition from the website and I would love to recieve any feedback on it. Please feel free to forward these details on to anyone whom you may feel would be interested in submitting work.

I'd like to say well done for Timothy for this resource, thanks for the link to our site on the left - I've followed some really interesting trails from this blog

Yours Sincerely

James Bulley

Monday, 15 September 2008

Collective exhibition
in Andlucia, Spain connected with
multisensory experience of art

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Synesthesia and Abstraction

One point of view may be that synesthetic experience, as subjective as it may be, is as concrete of an experience of one could have. Though emotive and visceral it is often illusive, inexplicable, and un-categorical. More abstract experience is developed through human manipulation to create agreed upon uses of concepts and objects, therefore allowing for a certain level of objective discussion. At the same time, what is referred to as abstract art, which, very often, is representative of the more concrete experience of the sometimes inefable and often synesthetic, subjective yet frequently shared experience. On the other hand a "realistic" photograph of an every day scene captures an often inhuman angle of an instance, abstracting it from its context and delivering it as a grouping of symbols whose deeper meaning supersedes it true nature. Are the terms "abstract" and "concrete" missused in artistic and documentary visual representation? Perhaps they are terms belonging to another era to which we no longer belong? Could it be that such archaic terms impede our understanding of the current level of human consciousness and the human condition?

Monday, 25 August 2008

Synesthesia Conference 2009

GRANADA, April 26-29th 2009
For more information go to or write

SYNESTHESIA is the term used to describe a set of cognitive states related
to the union of the senses. Etymologically speaking, 'syn' = union,
'estesia' = senses; thus 'union of the senses'.

Synesthesias are genuine perceptions, not memorized visual associations
from childhood or metaphorical speech. They are produced by
hyper-connectivity among the cerebral areas. Neurologically speaking, if
the crossing is extensive, that is to say, if the interconnections are
related to cerebral parts that process or represent summaries of concepts,
this would explain links between creativity, metaphor and synesthesia, with
the consequent greater incident among poets and artists. The latest
investigations carried out in this field turn out to be extremely
interesting for knowledge of the human mind. It is an open window to our
brain which may allow us to resolve many cognitive relationships with
perception and thought.

For this reason, the University of Grenade, the International Foundation
Arte Cittá, and Politecnico di Milano (Italy),have collaborated jointly in
the organization of the 3st International Congress on Synesthesia, Science
and Art, for the purpose of showing and exploring the advancements made by
European experts and American investigators of great prestige, in each of
the numerous aspects of synesthesia. The interdisciplinary focus of the
Congress that we present enables all those interested to approach a
territory as exciting as the one that occupies us, being especially
directed towards neurologists, psychologists, artists, linguists, art
historians, musicians, educators and investigators of sensory disabilities,
students and synesthetes of all categories.

The Congress is interdisciplinary, it includes:
* Neurology and linguistic * Psycology and perception * Literature and linguistic *Artistic
* Graphic and design * Pharmacology * Education * Music * New Technologies

- before September 1, 2008: abstracts for presentation (20’)
- until January 1, 2009: for short presentations and posters
- February 2009 15, 2009: communication complete.

The meeting will be held at the 'Parque de las Ciencias' (Sciences Park) of
Granada (
Located in the heart of the city, it is a modern building fully equipped
with the latest facilities for conferences and exhibitions.

Friday, 22 August 2008

the misleading names of colours

Recently I received a limited edition excerpt from the book on synesthesia, “Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens” by Pat Duffy and discovered something strange: The title of the book in Spanish is “Gatos Azules y Gatitos Verde Manzana” seemed to carry more accurately Pat’s synesthetic experience of “cats” and “kittens. Ironically, and I have always known this, despite my indepth understanding of colours and the words we use to label them, the word Chartreuse has always been dark fuchsia to me (as fuchsia has been a bit more of a dark violet with a fluffy fringe). At the same time “verde manzana” feels precisely apple green or chartreuse (which is its meaning in Spanish). The “Gatos Azules” part is ok, though “Gatos” has always seemed grey to me, making the azul (blue) a bit cobalty and smokey. I don’t experience the kind of synesthesia where you see the letters in different colours-the classic test doesn’t work for me I just see a triangle of jumbled up 5s and 2s unless I really search.

Nonetheless, I get a undeniable sense of the colour of sounds, words and concepts. Funnily the most common colours are themselves, eg blue is blue, green is green and red is red. It is the less common ones whose names defy their physical properties eg Fusicia and Chartreuse; although I know what colours they really are, they will always be something else as well, they have a hidden identity only for me.

Anyhow I was cruising the Internet today and came across a few sites, some perhaps more interesting than others. Check them out and share your objective points of view if you have time:

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

points of view

The Synesthesia The Synesthesia Questionnaire (POLL), below on the right, needs more participants. Please take your time to give your point of view. Also add any questions you would like answered about synesthesia or suggestions you might have for this blog by commenting or adding posts to this page.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

new links

Check out the Synesthesia Links on the left; websites linked to some of those involved in the makeing of this blog. Let me know of others that might be relevant.

Friday, 8 August 2008

First post

This is the first post of the Synesthesia Art Forum, placed on the beautifully shaped date 080808, hoping to develop a collaborative project using this space as a forum wherein we can enquire, share research and experiences, show work, create links and propose and develop projects, exhibitions, gatherings, events etc.

In addition to creating and presenting art, I am interested in researching synesthesia in contemporary art. I would like to understand different processes and activities which involve multiple senses "synestheticly" to investigate how they might enhance awareness and creativity.

I would appreciate it if you could comment on this by describing your experience of synesthesia in regards to how you create artwork.