‘Art and Synesthesia: in search of the synesthetic experience’

Dr. Hugo Heyrman

Synesthesia is the phenomenon that select few human beings experience. It is the connection between sound, taste and colour. Some one who experiences synesthesia would hear a song and with every not see a colour, for example a b flat is a light turquoise and an f major is a purple.

Synesthesia is divided into two categories: 1) two-sensory (the crossing of two senses), and 2) multi-sensory (the crossing of three or more senses). The possible varieties of synesthetic experience in connecting the five senses seem endless, taken into consideration that within these variations, each person’s individual form of synesthesia is unique. The most widespread form of synesthesia is the translation of sounds to colors (3).’ Heyrman

In the article Dr. Heyrman describes the different types of synesthesia, he goes on to describe the different ways artists try and create synesthesia in there artworks. For example an artist might choose a particular colour to portray a feeling to try and express a certain feeling through there works.

In other works artist use different sounds, to evoke different feelings as well at the ways art is creating evoking different senses.


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