• Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

An exhibition in the Rijksmuseum that let’s you experience art by listening to it. What do the faces of Rembrandt or the waterlilies of Monet actually sound like?

By collaborating with someone who has Synesthesia (in this case that means seeing color when listening to music) and a composer the project of translating art into music came to life.

Analysing which sounds and colors matched each other within Xaviers Synesthesia was an important part within this project. The colors in the painting of Abraham Mignon (ca.1660 - ca.1679) where linked to this and transferred to the composer who created a music piece based on this information.

In the video you can see which color is connected to which sound. In the next video you can hear the whole music piece that was created.

Creative: Melanie Schaap

Synesthesia: Xavier van Erck

Music: Saman Krielaart

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