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What is Synaesthesia?
Synaesthesia is a relatively rare trait (in about 4% of the population) in which sensory stimuli, as well as cognitive aspects, are inextricably linked to another, usually different sensory experience - constantly and involuntarily.

For example, music and sounds are also perceived visually, e.g. as coloured shapes; numbers, letters or days of the week are experienced as coloured and arranged in space, or words can trigger a sense of taste. Many different combinations are possible, and each is completely individual. (For more information on synaesthesia, see the links at the end).

Development
Since the 1990s, this healthy variant of perception has been increasingly researched internationally and at the same time the gradual networking of those who share this perception - synaesthetes - began.
In the meantime, associations dedicated to the subject of synaesthsia have arisen in numerous countries, while professional conferences and meetings have taken place on national and international scales. For example, the Spanish organisation Artecitta has regularly organised international conferences around synaesthesia since 2005.

In autumn this year the VII International Synaesthesia Conference held by Artecitta took place in Granada & Alcala la Real.
The accompanying exhibition, which featured works by synaesthetic artists, began at the end of October 2022 and was open to the public for a month.

Our vision
During this time, the idea was born to offer synaesthetic artists a way to stay in contact, support each other and collaborate in virtual exhibitions, independent of physical exhibitions.
There are synaesthete artists all over the world many of whom are members of synaesthesia associations in their own countries, such as Artecitta, IASAS, UKSA or DSG.
As not all countries have synaesthesia societies, we would like to create an independent international platform for artists working synaesthetically, while networkin and in exchange with all synaesthesia societies. By bringing the subject of synaesthesia into the public eye through art, we support our common goal: to create awareness for this neurological phenomenon, which is still unknown to many and celebrate how artists embrace their experiences and understandings of synaesthesia through their work.


Why crowdfunding?
We would like to realise our idea in a way that does justice to the special and beautiful aspects of synaesthesia. In doing so, a significant component that is important to us has turned out to be unexpectedly cost-intensive. For this, as well as for the hosting and implementation of the website, we need financial support to get the project off the ground and cover the costs in the initial phase.


Who we are:
We are a small team of synaesthetic artists and the curators: Michael Haverkamp, Christine Söffing, Timothy B. Layden and Leonore Egbert. We are passionate about Art and Synaesthesia in a global context and are convinced of the multiple benefits of this idea.

We hope for many supporters and thank all those who bring us a little closer to our goal with a donation!


More information about synaesthesia can be found here:




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Leonore Egbert
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