12 July 2010 - 7 August 2010 - Blue Oyster Project Space, Otepoti, Aotearoa.
As part of the group show 'Media Povera', this audiovisual single-channel projection and headphones installation, "Synethseat", played with the phenomenon of Synesthesia (a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway"). The sound was generated from various tones that overlapped, the vision responded in real-time to the generated tone across the colour spectrum. Essentially the sonic frequency and visual colour spectrum were linked, and the viewer sat within the phenomenon. In this case, the seated Synesthete experiences sound from colour, or experience colour from sound.
"Providing its own eclectic take on the “media formerly known as new”, Media Povera groups together artists based in New Zealand, Greece, Australia and the USA: Brett Ian Balogh, Radio Cegeste, Ryan Cockburn, Edie Stevens, Helga Fassonaki, Alexander MacKinnon. Media Povera groups together artistic strategies emerging from hybrid investigations in the contemporary, audio, media and transmission arts, together these works foreground the materiality of the media object in the age of digital immateriality, while remaining mindful of its agency within systems of production and distribution, as Sarah Cook and Beryl Graham have identified in their book Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media media are best understood not as materials but as 'behaviours' – participatory, performative or generative."