Title: Synthetic Synesthesia Pill
Artist: Woongkee Min (Sean)
Completion Date: February 17, 2015
Place of Creation: Imagination
This is an idea or a concept that I had thought of for the midterm project. The pills that I have designed will induce synesthesia. 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.” For example, someone with synesthesia would see certain colors colors when they hear certain tones.
How the pill works is there are 5 different types of pill, one for each sense, and the user decides which of the senses that he or she wants to mix. And user can mix more than 2 pills to mix more than 2 senses.
Our identity is closely tied to our perception of reality. How one sees the reality can differ from another based on one’s culture, gender, age, dominant sense, and so many other factors. Therefore, there are infinitely many ways to see or I should say, sense this world.
Neil Harbisson, a contemporary artist and cyborg activist who is born completely color blind, has a device that is attached to his head that allows to translate the frequencies of the colors into sounds. So Harbisson has his own domain of reality that no one else has, therefore his identity is the guy who hears colors. Harbisson inspired me to come up with the idea of synthetic synesthesia pills.