I thought about an object that could materialize the rhythm
of a poem throught a colour/shape codification.
In particular I figured out this code:
_ a pattern that represent a time unit
_ a different colour for a different vowel _ a different shape
for a stressed vowel _ a time-based disposition
Thinking about a physical model I tried different materials:
_lego bricks, but they were too static and rigid
_soft metal bars and polistirol coloured bricks, but they
were too week
At the end I opted for coloured bubble gums.
They were perfect addressing the different senses: touch,
smell, sight. About how to dispose them I struggled a bit.
I wanted something very abstract, like sticking them on some
trasparent tape spread between the edges of a window, but
talking with other people this idea sounded not interactive
enough. I then decided to use the wooden bars because you
could move and shoot them moving and this was a nice graphic
The inspiration for this project comes from a poem: "Les
Voyelles" by Arthur Rimbaud and expecially from these
"A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu : voyelles,
Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes"
Next step: Virtual Synesthesia
Now I want to go further. Reflecting on what I've done I think
the next step is to realize a virtual version of the system.
In particular I chose to avoid random variables (as moving
or rotating a bar in the physical world) because what they
generate is not always reproducible.
synesthesia, is my new work in progress, it allows you
to write your own poem (or to choose an existing one) and
to transform and print the synestetic version, trough coloured
Basically I think about Synesthesia as _an expressive piece
_a tool for inspiration
_a playful prototype for education to understand what's rhythm