Synsthetes Speak Out

by ryan

On friday we had a really nice training about synesthesia and the different ways that senses can blend together in som people’s brains. W also discussed some artists that had this condition including Wassily Kandinsky.

This summer at the MOMA I saw some of his paintings anc copied this quote from the little sign.

“Color is a means of exerting direct influence on the soul. Color is a keyboard, the eye is the hammer, the soul is the piano with its many strings”

– Kandinsky

Also here’s part of a quote from Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov where he describes his connections between color and the alphabet…

“The long a of the English alphabet . . . has for me the tint of weathered wood, but a French a evokes polished ebony. This black group also includes hard g (vulcanized rubber) and r (a sooty rag being ripped). Oatmeal n, noodle-limp l, and the ivory-backed hand-mirror of o take care of the white. . . . Passing on to the blue group, there is steely x, thundercloud z and huckleberry h. Since a subtle interaction exists between sound and shape, I see q as browner than k, while s is not the light blue of c, but a curious mixture of azure and mother-of-pearl.”

Hope these are interesting to think about as we learn more about senses and the brain.