With SYNAESTHESIA, the multimedia artist Émile V. Schlesser and the jazz trio Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen present a unique immersive jazz experience. Conceived as a walk-in installation featuring a 360-degree video projection, it invites viewers to immerse themselves in a dreamlike world that appeals to all senses.
Surrounded by musical sounds that are translated into colours, shapes and movements, the artists perform a subtle balancing act between various media in order to create a sensory symbiosis – an audiovisual experience that appears like a cross between concert, artistic installation and film screening, yet is in fact neither of these things.
The four artists are committed to exploring synaesthesia, a neurological condition where multiple sensory perceptions are inseparably intertwined: one sees what one hears, one hears what one sees, emotions materialise. Through their spectacular collaboration, Schlesser and Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen aim to make this phenomenon tangible for the audience.
Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen’s specially conceived jazz compositions merging with the computer-generated visual worlds of multimedia artist Schlesser. Audio and video are perfectly coordinated, influencing each other and reacting to each other in real time. The performers themselves remain largely hidden, pulling the strings behind the scenes and letting the illusion take centre stage.
The four artists are primarily creating a shared sensory experience. As in a collective trip, audiences are enabled to immerse themselves in the landscape, while their surroundings are constantly changing so as to allow for a different experience each time.