OCAD University and the University of Toronto are hosting several free public events in conjunction with the American Synesthesia Association’s upcoming conference in Toronto on May 31 – June 2, 2013 in Toronto.
Friday Evening, May 31, 2013
When Sound Meets Colour
7:30 – 10:00 PM Free Public Event
University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park Crescent
7:30 – 8:15 PM Samantha Moore, University of Loughborough, UK
Some Sort of Coloured Quilt: Collaborative Animated Responses to Synaesthesia
Samantha Moore, an award winning British animated documentary maker, will speak about her film, An Eyeful of Sound, an animated short that visually renders the perceptions of audio-visual synaesthetes. Samantha received a Wellcome Trust grant which funded her short animated documentary film, An Eyeful of Sound (2010). The film was made in collaboration with Dr Jamie Ward (reader in psychology at the University of Sussex, UK) and three people with synaesthesia was the winner of the Nature Award for Scientific Merit, Imagine Film Festival (USA) 2010, amongst other awards from film festivals internationally. Samantha is currently developing her research as she completes her PhD through practice at the University of Loughborough, and working on a new piece entitled Out of Sight, an animated documentary and representation of interior brain states; she is working with people with prosopagnosia (face blindness) and phantom limb syndrome.
8:15 – 8:45 PM Edward M. Hubbard, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Overview of the Invitational Music Visualization Workshop
Edward Hubbard, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will describe and present the initial outcomes and sample visualizations from the Music Visualization Workshop, held earlier in the day.
9:00 – 10:00 PMThe Gryphon Trio, University of Toronto
The Gryphon Trio will perform select excerpts of music by synesthete composers that they performed earlier in the day, at the Music Visualization Workshop. The music was performed live for a group of synesthetes and non-synesthetes who were asked to create on paper, or on an iPad, what they saw when they listened to the live music.
Saturday Evening, June 1, 2013
Sense ConnectionsAn evening inspired by the synesthetic experience
7:30 – 10:00 PM Free Public Event
100 McCaul Street
7:30 – 8:30 PM John M. Kennedy, University of Toronto
Drawing without Vision
How can a blind person draw the world? EW is a blind woman who draws pictures. She has been totally blind since infancy. In an artist statement for an exhibition in Kelowna, 2013, she writes that she is attempting to re-create on paper what she experiences with her non-visual senses. Her targets include tastes, smells, touch, the flow of time, temperature and space. In addition, she tries to capture emotions, atmosphere, feelings, fantasies, ideas, even her own imagination of colours and light. She often combines several of these distinct elements. I will discuss the relation of EW’s goals to synesthesia.
John Kennedy is a University Professor (distinguished rank), and Emeritus, at the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto. His research is in the psychology of perception and cognition with special reference to representation by pictures. He developed a new analysis of figure and ground as one of a set of foreground and background percepts, described as apparent surface borders. ‘I described the complete set of possibilities for surface borders. I then hypothesized which of these were relevant to touch as well as vision. The developmental hypothesis has been supported. Indeed, my most recent papers, in press, support the idea that the highest levels of development possible in drawing in perspective are reached by the blind, as they are by the sighted. This line of investigation was described by the NY Times as one of the ’ideas that change the way we think’ and by The Times as one of the top ten ideas of the year. Associated Press wrote in 2006 my work was seminal and influences the development of new programs in museums and galleries around the world.
8:45 – 10:00 PMChristos Hatzis, Toronto, Canada
Bruno Degazio, Sheridan College,Canada
Harmonia Concept by Christos Hatzis Realization by Bruno Degazio
Christos Hatzis, Professor of Composition at the University of Toronto, is widely recognized as one of the most important composers writing today. A Juno award winner, twice, his works have been commissioned and performed by numerous notable musicians and orchestras worldwide.
Bruno Degazio, Professor of Digital Tools in the BA Classical Animation program of Sheridan College, Canada, is a film sound designer, composer, researcher and educator. His many concert works for traditional and electronic media have been performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His film work includes the special-effects sound design for the Oscar-nominated documentary film, The Fires of Kuwait and music for the all-digital, six-channel sound tracks of the IMAX films Titanica, Flight of the Aquanaut and CyberWorld 3D as well as many other IMAX films, feature films, and television dramas.
10:00 PM Greg Jarvis and his band, Flowers of Hell
El Mocambo 464 Spadina Avenue, upstairs
There is an article by David Brang and V.S. Ramachandran, "Survival of the Synesthesia Gene: Why Do People Hear Colors and Taste Words?"
Other Synesthesia Conferences
The Fourth International Congress of Synesthesia, Science and Art
IV Congreso Internacional de Sinestesia Ciencia y Arte 2012
was held in Almeria, Spain on
February 16 – 19, 2012
UK Synaesthesia Association Conference
Merton College, Oxford
April 14th and 15th 2012
United Kingdom Synaesthesia Association
The members of the UKSA committee are pleased to announce that the 2012 UK Synaesthesia Association annual conference was hosted by Roi Cohen Kadosh, Devin Terhune and Jackie Thompson at Merton College, Oxford over the weekend of 14th & 15th April, 2012.
The Keynote Speakerwas Professor Colin Blakemore, Ph.D., FRS, FMedSci, HonFSR, a leading British scientist and science communicator to the public. Known for his immense contribution on vision and early development of the brain, Professor Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.
MacMillan Publishers has put out a downloadable electronic kindle edition of Patricia Lynne Duffy's book, Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens.
It is now available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Cats-Chartreuse-Kittens-ebook/dp/B005CW6P32/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323090875&sr=1-1
Patricia Albers has written a new book entitled, Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life. 544 pages. This is the first full-scale biography of the painter Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), a synesthete who had colored letters, colored sound, personality-color synesthesia, and emotionally mediated synesthesia.
Her book can be found on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Lady+Painter&x=0&y=0
Tasting the Universe, by Maureen Seaberg is in stores now.
The New York University Consciousness Project held a workshop on "The Phenomenology of Synesthesia" on Saturday November 20, 2010.
Hosted by Dave Chalmers
Synesthesia is the syndrome in which a stimulus in one sensory modality reliably yields an experience associated with a different sensory modality. The focus of the workshop will be the question "What is it like to be a synesthete?". There will be talks and discussion from philosophers, psychologists, and synesthetes.
All are welcome.
WORKSHOP: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF SYNESTHESIA
Saturday, November 20, 2010
New York University Philosophy Building
5 Washington Place
1st Floor Lecture Theatre
9:30- 10:00 AM
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Carol Steen (Artist, Synesthete, Co-Founder American Synesthesia Association) "Do you see what I see?"
11:15 - 12:15 PM
Lawrence E. Marks (Yale University, Psychology) "Three (scientific) questions about synesthesia".
12:15 - 2:00 PM
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Berit Brogaard (University of Missouri, Philosophy) "Does color synesthesia differ phenomenally from visual imagery?"
3:15 - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion (led by Jon Simon, Philosophy, NYU) Panel: Berit Brogaard, Patricia Lynn Duffy, Lawrence Marks, Maureen Seaberg, Carol Steen
Synesthesia: Art and the Mind
This exhibition featuring the art of known synesthetes, David Hockney, Joan
Mitchell, Marcia Smilack, and Carol Steen, and works by artists thought to
be synesthetic including Charles Burchfield, Tom Thomson, Wassily Kandinsky,
and Vincent van Gogh, was co-curated by Carol Steen, artist, New York City;
and Greta Berman, Professor of Art History, The Juilliard School, New York
City. This show was made possible by Carol Podedworny, director, McMaster
Museum of Art, and Dr. Daphne Maurer of the Department of Psychology,
Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University.