RESEARCH

Contemporary neurosciences and cognitive sciences are particularly interested in the tremendous opportunities of arriving at new models of perception and memory research by studying synesthetic talent.

Ruth Schnell: Floating Signs 'SEE' (2011) (Light Installation)

Ruth Schnell: Floating Signs 'SEE' (2011) (Light Installation)

However, such research generally remains rooted in science’s view of art as an object of observation for scientific research. Transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that integrate artists in the interdisciplinary research design in the role of researchers are an exception here.

The steadily advancing development from analog art forms to digital arts is leading to new aesthetic production conditions in the psychophysical and epistemological area of arts-related research.

In addition to modifying forms of perception and expanding sensory modalities, this artistic, technological transformation is also bringing new conditions to aesthetic praxis and artistic processes and hence is also introducing new conceptual parameters. In this respect, the advanced discipline of digital arts is creating optimum conditions for establishing a link between art and perceptual research.

The DIGITAL SYNESTHESIA project takes up these considerations and expands the scientific spectrum of research by introducing digital technologies as artistic research media. Unlike synesthesia in traditional artistic media, digital art is distinguished by specific characteristics that set it apart from other artistic works: due to the fact that digital artworks are simultaneously based on multimedia and digital technology, they principally permit the artistic production of ‘objectifiable’ synesthetic perception processes.