A common passion for Art and Sciences
History of the association
Two creative students, Alicia and Thomas, had the ambition of creating projects together.
So they launched the CURIOSITAS project at the Arts Sciences festival on mai 2012 at Orsay. Their selection gave birth to the “Music and Brain” show“.
Further to the success of their presentation at the National Cognitive Sciences Forum the year after and several other meetings ; the show was done as several concert-conferences in partnership with Air France, that led to the birth, in September 2013, of the “Émotions Synesthètes” association.
The final objective being the creation and spreading of the live shows, more artistic and creative projects in interaction with science vulgarisation.
In fact, they search, to give back an accessible and playful knowledge through the arts; for all ages; expressing themselves through:
- Music (le spectacle Music and Brain show)
- Paintings (Alicia does some artists impressions vues d’artistes inspired by neuroscience)
- Visual arts (hand made cuddly-neurones and decorative supports)
Alicia, continues to being interested in neuroscience research, and is keen on answering questions from the audience about her creations.
Because of this; she attends conferences, she mingles with students and researchers to confront her ideas.
CogniJunior project takes form, inspired, and with the support of a group of students. From now on, the cuddly-neurones take action, because they will explain to the kids how the brain works!
One thing leading to another, the scientific dressmakers produce cuddly-microglies, astrocites and, lastly, oligo-dendrocites (cells that contributes to ensure the well-going of neurones inside our brain).
This cuddly puppets come alive into a story and share their knowledge during several interventions in associations and educational centers.
ThomasCo-Founder / Synesthetic Emotions
“It’s always with the same passion for the science and the arts, that nowadays we look up for places to perform and also to collaborate to various projects.”
But, in fact, what’s Synaesthesia?
Syn … syn … synaestesia ? What does this strange word mean ?
Vincent MIGNEROTSynaesthetics / Synestheorie
“Synaestetia is the reflex and automatic association of different senses.”
In short, it’s a spontaneous and uncontrollable communication among senses. For example, when some people read a letter or a musical note, their brain automatically shows them an associated colour.
This might come from a childhood process from which one would detach oneself while growing up.According to Vincent Mignerot who’s at the origin of a project called Synestheory it allows someone to communicate this sensorial universe to the general public because only the Synesthetes would have this associatif system which lasts longer.
Inside the page on Synestheory website , you can find a long list of different types of synaesthesia. Also here it is a video in which he was interviewed by Suisse Television, presenting in a very simple way, the different aspects of this phenomena.
Delphine PERRONECellist / Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
“There is the blue-so, the yellow-mi, the green-re, the black-do, the violet-ti, and the red-la. But these associations were mostly present when I was a kid. Now, they come in a lower regular dose.”
Elodie CHECHPianist & Piano Teacher
“Music implies colourful landscapes just like the names.The days of a week and the months are three-dimensional coloured figures where everyday is associated to a specific colour.”
I am a pianist and piano teacher. Passionate for the arts, I also paint, draw, and create jewellery.
Since I have been a child, I have associated colours or images to words or sounds. This images are a moving kind: their colour lives as if they were into liquid or in the air, under an uncertain sky. They are associated to a texture (transparent and thin if the colour is light; dense and opaque if it is dark). These associations are absolutely arbitrary and of an affective nature. I think that information received in our memory are folded in different several layers that aren’t always related among them. This way, what I call “the aura” of a word , absolutely subjective, is a mixture among what the sound of a word and it syllables evoke to me , the sensations it awakes, and the possible people or objects associated to this word in certain moments of my life.
For instance, in the word “book” (“livre” in french), the syllable “bo” (“li” in french) is associated to light colours: white, yellow, light blue, while “ok” (vre” in french) is darker, with green and brown, what gives the whole word shadows of moving colours from light to dark. From the pronunciation of a word I also perceive the image of a kaki green book; I suppose that the mental perception of an object will change in order to the context. Even for the days of the week, I see a gradation of colours from light to dark; Sunday is another thing, it’s a vivid colourful day with more transparent textures (a little of yellow, white and some light green and other iridescent colours). The representation of the months of the year is based on the same principle, but also with the intervention of space and relief notion. To picture the year, I see a big irregular oval; like the orbit of a planet; March is closer to be face to face with September/October. Months follow a “rolling” line: from January to August, the orbit is going up in a hill, then from September until December they start going down hill. The degradation of colours is probably influenced by the seasons and the lights:
Each season, has its specific light (white in winter, golden in summer). On the other hand, the hill on which the months are, is more linked to the digital position of the month of the year: As January is the start: it goes up, then comes down between August/September and December.
These images can be very useful from a poetic point of view, the stimulate imagination. However, the absence of link between different image layers (for instance, the object “book” ‘s representation is coloured and then coloured syllables representation: two different things that have no link between themselves because one is based in the sensation of the word, and the other one is how it sounds) creates a pile of data difficult to classify and put everyone in perspective from one to another. Representing this in colour, in a painting, demand an important mental effort in fact, reality quickly modifies the idea so much, that the creation has no longer relation with the first mental representation. Creating something coherent, demands time and several experimentation proceedings.
MathieuAuthor, researcher and entrepreneur
“Its funny, plenty [cuddly neurones] were posed over a table and that gave me an orchestral sound; one graphic part gave me a solo sound; it’s between a symphonic and electronic sound, also a noisy and melodic sound; the harmonic part was less present, slower and stable.”
Mathieu is an author a performer in several artistic areas (piano, dance, photography…), a searcher (inter-subjectivity and computer vision) and entrepreneur. For him, synaesthesia is generally off, but it awakes when there is a sudden and great impression, letting him connect the object to the senses.
It was when he arrived at the workshop that Alicia asked him what was happening when he was in visual contact with the cuddly neurones on the table
« “Its funny, plenty [cuddly neurones] were placed on the table and that gave me an orchestral sound; one graphic part gave me a solo sound; it’s between a symphonic and electronic sound, also a noisy and melodic sound; the harmonic part was less present, slower and stable.” ».
Some other objects give him visceral tastes/smells and feelings, and kinesthetic impressions: movement sensation and dancing desire. This feeling might be leader in him or might by accompanied by big, archaic emotions, animal emotions.
« So, you are Syn…aesthetes? »
No, we are not Synaesthetes.
We have called our association like this because of our desire of bringing neuroscience to everyone by a censorial and playful support, and the communication among our different senses:
But still missing one… smell!