Opening: 26 October, 2012, 8PM
Exhibition runs: 27 October – 16 December, 2012
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment
As part of the new series Synaesthesia, Art Laboratory Berlin presents
the first exhibition The Orange Smell of November with new works
by Barbara Ryan and Annette Stahmer.
"synaesthesia", from the Greek "aisthesis" ("Sensation",
"sensory impression") and "syn" ("together")
meaning the experience of two or more sensory impressions at the same
time, is both an artistic paradigm and neurological phenomena.
Barbara Ryan’s perceptions of the world are underpinned by
her polymodal synaesthesia which in turn forms the foundation of her artistic
work. She experiences her synaesthesia »as something that is in
her parallel conscious – as opposed to something that is in the subconscious,
creating a duality of vision«. Her installation That can’t
be September – it smells like the August of 1985! combines in
a unique way the artist’s intimate personal relationship between
scent, color, time and space, played out within the city of Berlin, where
she lived in the 1990s.
of the Berlin typographer and artist Annette Stahmer revolves around
language, the relationship between voice and writing, the act of writing,
palimpsests and synaesthesia. The two videos in the exhibition - A
ist blau and Synästhetische Bilder I - IV - show the artist's
mother, a synaesthete who connects vowels with certain colours. The focus
is on language that, following this internal logic, serves not only as
a description of this phenomena, but becomes in itself material, assuming
colour and consistency. Therefore it evokes within the listener poetic,
almost surreal images.
the generous support of:
Synaesthesia is supported in part by a generous gift
from Michael Schröder.