Synaesthesia is the ability to experience one sense through another, such as hearing the sound of a trumpet as yellow, or ‘smelling’ poetry like perfume. As well as being a neurological phenomenon, artists such as Vassily Kandinsky and Olivier Messiaen claimed to have had synaesthetic perception and the idea is frequently referred to in works of art, especially music.
This talk by Bruno Laeng, held at Kulturhuset, Oslo on 12 September 2015, surveys the phenomenon of synaesthesia and give some examples of its relationships with the arts and music.
Filmed by Benedikte Rønsen
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