About this project
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of like-minded individuals, and by like-minded meaning, we have synaesthesia. Synaesthesia is a neurological condition that affects roughly 5% of the population with 80 known types. Synaesthesia is when "stimuli to one sense, such as smell, are involuntarily simultaneously also perceived as if by one or more other, additional senses, such as sight and/or hearing," according to Sean A. Day, President of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.
In other words, someone might hear something and taste something at the same time. Or associate numbers and letters with specific colors. Or see musical notes in color.
Synaesthetes are often artists, and very few of us are dancers! That means that this show is UNIQUE and ONE-OF-A-KIND !!! There are 8 performances, all with different types of dance mixed with technology. Some have glowing costumes that light up with music cues to show you what colors they see in musical notes, and we use projection to show what colors are felt with music. We have colored costumes and LED suits. And a taste to sound demonstration for the audience. We want to show you how synaesthesia affects us and inspires our art by using music, food, technology, and movement to help showcase our synaesthesia as well as our talents. For many of us, the opportunity to perform during a first ever U.S. synaesthesia international exhibition is a dream, and some of us are traveling from abroad to showcase our abilities.
WHY THIS SHOW?
I have always wanted others to see how I perceive the world with synaesthesia. I've met so many like-minded people using their synaesthesia as inspiration for their artwork. During a Reiki session, I had a vision. A performance through roller dance that expressed how I see aura's, but also to create shapes another synaesthete sees in music.
During this time, I received a call from Daniel Schuster of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and that dream is becoming a reality. He gave me the opportunity to perform and that manifested into a live Synaesthesia Dance Experience!
- Daily updates on our progress, including a spotlight on each of our 8 unique performers.
- AMAZING incentives you won't want to miss out on, such as FRONT ROW tickets to see Synaesthete musician and TEDMED speaker Kaitlin Hova October 21st. An LA ROLLER GIRL'S Santa Monica Beach Workshop, FREE ROLLER SKATES and LESSONS from Northridge Skateland, as well as VIP passes to the show!
- We will also LIVE stream our rehearsals so you can catch a glimpse of how we use technology to support our synaesthetic performances.
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- Artistic Director
Appelusa is most recently known for the mesmerizing roller skating choreography in Chet Faker’s VMA nominated “GOLD” music video. Her roller skating roots go back three generations in the industry. She has most recently skated for Katy Perry in Cannes and in the upcoming HBO series, "Sharp Objects." She is also an accomplished actor, writer, voice-over artist, photographer, mixed media and performance artist. As a synesthete, Appelusa has initiated a community of like minded people by creating Synesthete Artists and Synesthetes in Los Angeles, with over 350 members from around the world. As a visual artist, Appelusa strives to depict how synesthesia affects her perception of daily life by combining technology, roller dance, photography, and music. She is a founding member of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists, and serves as the organization’s Dance Curator. Find Appelusa on Twitter and Instagram: @appelusa @synaesthesia_dance_exhibition #SDE2017
- Artist / Brand Director / Planner / Content Creator
Portrait XO is a diverse and soulful experimental singer/songwriter/producer. Earlier this year, she finished her first feature film score 'The Murderers' and won an Award of Merit for her music video 'Tremble'. She is also part of a new LA collective and monthly electronic music night called SAMPLEnHOLD.
As an artist with synaesthesia between taste and sound, she's performed at Eurobest Festival in Antwerp, Belgium translating flavors into music through a live improvised performance collaborating with LJ Rich (BBC Click presenter/classical pianist, another musical synaesthete sharing a similar kind of synaesthesia. Watch promo video here.
As an artist with a strong sense of artistic vision, she's helped with brand direction, planning, and the entire artwork for this campaign. Her main piece will be available to download with each kickstarter donation and physical prints for all other work for this project will be sold at the event.
Her live sets are a blend of improv, beatmaking, looping, and singing. Her vibes sway between ethereal, cinematic, soul, downtempo, and jazz. She's got a few new performances planned for this event.
- Co-Producer/Media Coordinator
Daniel Schuster is on staff with Building Bridges Art Exchange, a nonprofit international arts organization and gallery, located in Santa Monica, California. Building Bridges, located in the historic Bergamot Station gallery complex, has partnerships with major museums and arts organizations throughout the world. Daniel’s title is Special Exhibitions and Development. He produces unique projects and looks for new opportunities to create international partnerships for Building Bridges Art Exchange. He also created the idea for an international exhibition on synaesthesia. Daniel also creates unique men's jewelry.
- IASAS Secretary/Consultant
CC Hart is a writer, blogger and synesthete. She studied comparative literature at the University of California , Berkeley, and holds a BA in Management from St. Mary’s College focused on nonprofit organizations, as well as an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her essays about her experiences with mirror-touch synaesthesia have been published in Qualia Journal and on the neuroscience website braindecoder.com. Additionally, she blogs about synaesthetic perception at voxsynaesthetica.com. CC Hart has worked for more that 20 years in corrective soft tissue therapy, where mirror-touch synaesthesia, mirror-proprioception and synesthesia-for-pain have informed her work. She recently presented on the topic of mirror-sensory synaesthesias in the practice of manual therapy at the 2016 United Kingdom Synaesthesia Association annual conference. She makes her home in San Francisco, California.
- The International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists advances awareness of the neurological phenomena of synaesthesia through support for academic, creative, and community projects. IASAS encourages international collaboration among synaesthetes, artists, scientists, and persons interested in synaesthesia and the synaesthetic experience. Through public lectures and presentations, creative exhibits, online communities, and educational outreach, the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists fosters interest, understanding, and acceptance of synaesthesia as an expression of human neurodiversity.
- The IASAS is honored to support music and dance performances at our 2017 Los Angeles California events, which celebrate the creative vision of exceptional synesthete artists. Ticketing and venues for the following shows to be announced August 15th, 2017. Centered at the UCLA campus in the Westwood neighborhood, and the Building Bridges Art Exchange in Santa Monica, IASAS will host art installations, musical performances, lectures, and an academic synaesthesia symposium.
- More info at iasasevents.com.
Additional support from:
- Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX) is a non-profit contemporary art organization established in 2005 by Argentinian artist and curator Marisa Caichiolo. BBAX is located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.
- The BBAX mission is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding through the arts. We work to engage local communities and contemporary artists across the globe by facilitating workshops, educational programs, traveling exhibitions, international art exchanges and artist residencies.
- BBAX is hosting The Art and Science of Inherited Synaesthesia International Exhibition from September 22 through October 21, 2017. The art exhibition, in collaborations with the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS), will feature six of the top synaesthete visual artists in the world. It will be hosted by Building Bridges Art Exchange and is planned as a potential museum exhibition which could travel to major museums in the U.S. and around the world.
- More info at www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/
Risks and challenges
A definite risk will be to not accumulate all the funds necessary to pay for all the expenses. IASAS has strong leadership and unwavering support for this project. But IASAS is also seeking donations and sponsorships for all their upcoming hosted events. With that said, if we do not reach our fundraising target this poses a significant financial risk to SDE and may impact our ability to fulfill our commitments and create the experience we envision. We have already put down the deposit on the venue and have outstanding travel expenses, equipment costs, costume designer and engineering fees.
This is an amazing opportunity to perform during an international exhibition and would boost not only the performer's careers, but also the reputation of IASAS as it grows to be a strong and important organization for today's synaesthetes, artists, and scientists, as well as the community outreach they promise.
We believe we have the skills and talent and individual reputations that precede us to be able to fulfill all obligations and goals. We are fully backed and supported by two non profits involved in this exhibition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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