RE/SENSE:DIANA BURGOYNE & RAEWYN TURNER 2010
The work examines synthetic synaesthesia (the smell of green) and anaesthesia of place ( feeling numb to its history and changes).
This interactive exhibit utilizes video, smell, sound, electronics and digital media in a collaborative process between two cultures and two communities, New Zealand and Canada.
ReSense utilizes a selection of synthetic fragrances relating synaesthetically to the colours of green. We have utilized a sensor that is sensitive to variations in the tone and intensity within the colour palette of greens found in natural environments in both New Zealand and Canada to create a responsive frequency generator creating sounds corresponding to the differing greens. The result is an audio-visual sketch of the colour green. With the participation of international commercial perfumer, Louise Crouch, NZ, we used 20 of her commercial perfume fragrances ( for example cleaners, dishwasher powders, toilet paper, engine oil, paints, fabrics, skin products etc etc), which Louise chose to synaesthetically match the visual green sequences. These fragrance beads were agitated by the sound frequencies that were responding to the light frequencies of the greens, and produced corresponding smells.
Our collaboration began in New Plymouth at SCANZ 2005 where we discovered a mutual interest in integrating cross-sensory experience into artwork. Our initial inquiry centred around whether we could consider the landscape as a map of smell and sound?
We began with Raewyn’s project initially called Green. Raewyn collected photographs of different greens in New Plymouth: plants, ground and objects. The earth's green cloak is analogous to our skin covering subterranean layers of feeling. This digital photo collection was used to create a computerized colour palette, which was then made into a quick time video.
Diana utilized a sensor that is sensitive to variations in the tone and intensity within the colour palette to create a responsive frequency generator. She attached her circuit sensor to the computer screen while it displayed the quick time video thereby creating sounds corresponding to the differing greens. The result is an audio/visual sketch of the colour green.
In 2009, we met together again this time in Banff as part of Diana’s Fleck Fellowship . We again photographed greens in the environment –this time in Banff National Park and inner city Vancouver. We used this material to make a second video of Canadian greens with the idea of projecting both videos on opposite walls, each with its own sensor and audio frequency generator.
We added smell to the installation as a cross-sensory indicator of information about physical states and environment. Both animated pallets were then shown to the commercial perfumer, Louise Crouch. Louise uses a sophisticated system of number-letter combinations to support her memory of 200-300 perfumery materials. Louise provided us with 20 commercial fragrances-- synthetic green nature fragrances-- which synaesthetically matched the two visual green sequences.
ReSense at the Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.
Re/sense was Co-Produced with the Banff New Media Institute 2009, exhibited and presented in MuVi2, in the Third Congress 2009 Synaesthesia: Science & Art, in Granada, Spain; Interactive Futures : Stereo, Vancouver 2009, MiC Auckland, NZ, and New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Then, Now, When. NZAFA summer art show, Wellington, 2011
PDF PROGRAMME OF THE THIRD CONGRESS 2009 SYNAESTHESIA: SCIENCE & ART, AND MUVI2, IN IN GRANADA, SPAIN
The resulting work is Re-Sense.
We exhibited both FLAP and Re-Sense at MiC, Auckland , NZ in 2010, and the NZ Academy of Arts, Wellington, NZ, 2012. Both works are explorations of the olfactory sense and its place in our landscapes and in our everyday lives. These works grew out of a notion that, like the bandwidths of light and sound that are beyond unaided human perception, many olfactory signals presented to our senses remain mainly beyond comprehension.