Did You See That?
A workshop in musical interpretation as part of Anna Craycrofts ongoing exhibition at PICA, C'mon! Language.
The workshop was held at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon on July 17th, 2013.
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This workshop was designed to introduce synaesthesia as a learned trait referencing exercises used in Montessori school teachings. Is synaesthesia an innate ability unique to an individual? Or just the brain’s sensory pathways intersecting?
Led by Sam, participants listening to music were asked to visualize their reactions and describe their auditory experience. Thus exploring the boundaries of synaesthetic perception using musical interpretation.
In this workshop I introduced a form of synaesthesia taught in Montessori schools, the connection between colors and sounds. The lesson began with a "clearing of the conscious" meditation session followed multiple different songs ranging from solo piano music to full orchestra compositions.
Participants were allowed space to interpret the sounds however their bodies felt. They were encouraged to walk around, eat food, put on a sweater, or simply draw on paper.
Songs that were interpreted included: "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky, "Peter and the Wolf" by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and "Metamorphosis Four" by Philip Glass.
Peter and the Wolf interpreted by (from left to right) Sammy Loper, Elizabeth Ferguson, and Chelsea White.