Synesthesia Community News
The Valley of Astonishment
Students at "Synesthesia in the Sierra
Nevadas", Curso de Verano
Maria José de Córdoba
at Curso de Verano
Tasting the Universe
The Shape of Sounds
verleden: Verhalen over het geheugen van de zintuigen"
by Cretien van Campen
New Painting by Timothy Layden
See magazine article
and spread of synesthete photographer, Marcia Smilack’s reflection
“Wondrous Water Works”
New books on synesthesia...
The Emerging Mind...
Synesthesia Panel at Eyebeam: Center for Art & Technology, NY
San Francisco Art Institute
The Fourth Annual Conference of
the American Synesthesia Association, Inc
Hosted by Lynn Robertson,
University of California at Berkeley
Homage to Monet
featured in "The Synesthesia Evening"
on Martha's Vineyard
Theatre Bouffes du Nord, Paris
29 April—31 May 2014
Young Vic, London
20 June—12 July 2014
Theater for a New Audience, Brooklyn, New York
The International Congress Synesthesia, Almería 2012 (Sinestesia 2012) - the international congress on synesthesia, science and art - will take place on February 16-19, 2012 in Almeria Spain. For more information
The Ninth Annual Conference of the American Synesthesia Associationwill take place on October 14-16, 2011, at University of California, San Diego
Artecitta - Synesthesia in the Sierra Nevadas:
Curso de Verano,
Synesthesia Association conference
Readings of Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Lyrics of Pharrel Williams, others, in New York City.... work-in-progress—stay tuned!
The Eighth Conference of the American Synesthesia Association took place on October 1- 3, 2010, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee
Read about the synesthesia jokes, wisdom, and people-to-remember at the "Towards a Science of Consciousness' conference:
(presentation team: Maureen Seaberg, Carol Steen and Pat Duffy)
Patricia Lynne Duffy gave plenary talk on synesthesia,
Thursday 15 April, 8.30 a.m.
Sean Day, Patricia Lynne Duffy, Carol Steen,
Maureen Seaberg, moderator
Tueday 13 April, 9 a.m.
Art Blog: Blue Cats Mews
from Timothy Layden: Developing the shapes of Sounds
12 Aug 2009
National Public Radio, program about “Synesthesia” on NPR’s HearSay with Cathy Lewis (with special thanks to intern Rachel Smith)
Interviews with Pat Duffy, Dr. David Eagleman
National Public Radio, “The Art of
Synesthesia” Sonoe Nakasone
interviews Marcia Smilack and others
18 June —12 August
“White Noise”, a group exhibition featuring works that exist at the intersection of visual art, music and sound” from artists including Yoko Ono, James Cohan Gallery , Chelsea 533 West 26th StreetJune 15--July 20, 2009
Artist Erik Rosen's pictures: synesthetic translations of Beatles songs, "Hey Jude", "Imagine", Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" and others into patterns of colored rectangles.
Conde Nast Lobby Gallery Building, 4 Tmes Square, New York City
First International Week: Fine Art-music, creativity and Synesthesia -
Experimental Didactic Workshops
January 26-28, 2007
France, Dec. 8, 2006
The 2nd International Conference on Synaesthesia, University of Hannover, Germany, Dec. 1 - 3, 2006
Sept. 16, 6:00 pm
May 19, 2006
Second Language Acquisition Research Circle
239 Greene St, New York NY 10003
Description: Synesthesia, a neuro-psychological blend of senses, may be an idiosyncratic way of coding and processing language. But could there be certain synesthetic elements in the way many of us process language?
March 27, 2006
Lecture by Dr. Hugo Heyrman
"The Art & Synesthesia Connection"
New Synesthesia Magazine
Syn is a new online magazine for synesthetes from creator, Claire Mills:
eds., Lynn Robertson and Noam Sagiv, Oxford University Press, 2004
A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, V.S Ramachandran,
Tussen zinnen: Synesthesie of hoe de zintuigen samenwerken (Between Senses), 2005 (in Dutch), Crétien Van Campen
Saturday November 5 2005
Visual Art & the Brain: At the Interface of
Art and Science
August 31--September 3 2005
June 9 2005
Senses: A panel presentation
on synesthesia in conjunction with the exhibition, "What sound does a
color make?" at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, New York, NY
April 15--17 2005
UK Synaesthesia Association meeting in
London on 15-17th April 2005 (Department of Psychology, 26 Bedford Way,
March 28 2005
San Francisco Art
October 22, 2003
Kate Spanos, President of the Students' Cognitive Science Society of the University of Virginia has organized a "Speakers' Series on Synesthesia". The series kicked off with author Patricia Lynne Duffy, Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color their Worlds, giving a reading from her book and a presentation on the experience of synesthesia and other idiosyncratic ways of coding information
An article about Ms Spanos appears in this month's University of Virginia's A & S Online
October 16, 2003
The Mind Science Foundation's Fall 2003 Distinguished Speakers Series , San Antonio, Texas (click for article about this event) included a lecture on synesthesia by Dr. Peter Grossenbacher of Naropa University
The Third Annual American Synesthesia
Association (ASA) Conference took place at Rockefeller
University, at the invitation of Dr, Maria Karayiourgu,
Head of Rockefeller's Neurogentics Laboratory, New York City May 2 - 4 (details
here) and was organized by Edward Hubbard of University of
California at San Diego, American Synesthesia Association (ASA)
Board Members Sean Day, and Carol Steen and 'mc'd by Dr.
Peter Grossenbacher of Naropa University. The
conference, which took place from May 19-21 featured as its honored
keynote speakers, Dr. Lawrence Marks of Yale University, who spoke
about "Synesthesia Then and Now",
April and February 2003
--Synesthete filmmaker Carrie Schultz' short documentary Chroma was screened at a number of independent film festivals, including the New York Independent Film and Video Festival in April 2003 and at the Los Angeles Independent Film and Video in February 2003. Festival where it won a prize for best short documentary
April 19 -- May 24 2003
An art exhibition, Multi-Sensory Memory and Synesthesia, organized by at the Hera Gallery, Wakefield, Rhode Island
The Synesthesia Evening, featuring presentations by synesthetic artist-photographer, Marcia Smilack, author Patricia Lynne Duffy, and poet Rose Styron, who read works of Rimbaud, Baudelaire and Garcia-Lorca at the Synergy Design Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
The Synesthesia Afternoon, featuring presentations by synesthetic artists and writers took place at Halcyon Cafe in the artists' enclave of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
Presenters included (in order of appearance) Pat Duffy, who read from her book, Blue Cats (Henry Holt & Company. http://www.bluecats.info); Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, Anna Muir and Pauline Zalkin who read synesthesia-inspired poems by Rimbaud, Baudelaire, and Garcia-Lorca in both English and their original French and Spanish; Carol Steen, who presented slides of her synesthetic art work, along with a paper, Visions Shared: A Firsthand Look into Synesthesia and Art (Leonardo) on the synesthetic aspect of her creative process; Katherine Vaz, who read from her novel Saudade (St. Martin's Press), which features a character with synesthesia; Natasha Lvovich who read Confessions of a Synesthete, a chapter from her book, The Multilingual Self (Lawrence Ehrlbaum Press); Wendie Mass, who read from her forthcoming children's book which features a synesthetic character, A Mango-Shaped Space (Little Brown); and Mark Safan, who showed slides of his paintings and talked of the synesthetic relation between music and his art work.
As one member of the audience said, "There is something very moving and convincing about seeing so many people present about their experience of synesthesia."
The participants hope to repeat their performance of The Synesthesia Afternoon at another venue. Synesthesia Community News will keep you posted.
Synesthesia was much in the media in 2003. Some notables:
December 13, 2003
"Hearing Red", an article on Dr. Peter Grossenbacher's research and interviews with synesthetes in The Daily Camera, major newspaper of Boulder, Colorado
Colors, Tasting Shapes", an article American article by Dr.
V.S. Ramachandran and Ed Hubbard in Scientific American
February 16 & 19 2003
Hearing Colours, Eating Sounds, rebroadcast of BBC-radio interviews with assorted researchers and synesthetes
February 7 and July 7 2003
National Public Radio, interview with Patricia Lynne Duffy, author of Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color their Worlds--on The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC-FM The interview with Pat Duffy followed a fascinating interview with author Antonio Damasio who discussed his new book, Looking for Spinoza
"Extra-sense Perception" in The Dallas Morning News
For a fuller list of media events and research articles, visit the Blue Cats Synesthesia Resource Center
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