Thomas Jefferson University
College of Architecture & the Built Environment
Synesthesia is an atmospheric, organic-blob-like vessel with an infrastructural core that allows no physical bodies inside, but rather consumes them virtually. Synesthesia is a manifestation of bodily data relationships abstracted and projected back to an analog domain. It promotes a multiplicitous idea of what it means to be human, to have agency, and creates a collective space that shifts the narrative of an agreed syntax of form to a spatial construct of a performance of bodies.
The unconscious, accidental, and curious performance of selves and bodies actuate a constructed “veil”, a skin, that acts as a responsive infrastructure. The structure invites, the body approaches; there is an opening, the eye sneaks through and in blinking patterns, sees itself being projected back to the veil as a moving image. Our bodies reside inside the installation both temporarily and indefinitely as data. Body and scene enter a mutual agency, a constant state of becoming.
Our organs of perception are dynamically projected on the constructed veil as abstracted images to shortly after disappear.
Our bodies reside inside the installation both temporarily and indefinitely as data.
Synesthesia is an organ itself, a choreographed collection of organs projected, layered and superimposed on top of each other in a meshing of selves.
Electrical and data cables run through the floor and into the blob’s core.They feed the processor (CPU) and the rest of the equipment including 5 direct light fixtures, 5 shock sensors linked to the exterior skin, 5 micro cameras, 5 mini projectors, 5 motion detectors, 6 LED point lights, 3 compact speakers and circuit panels.