04.02.16

The Welcome Collection - States of Mind

"Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined." 

(Source: http://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/states-mind-tracing-edges-consciousness

This exhibition was so interesting to me as it looked into the psychology and strange phenomenon linked to conciousness. Having studied cognitive psychology I recognised a lot of studies and pieces of information which allowed the exhibition to be very consolidating to me and extremely attention-grabbing. I remember most reading about synaesthesia. The first display I saw liked to this syndrome was the alphabet in colour and I saw the piece before the explanation - immediately I recognised that this must be the work of someone with synaesthesia as each letter was described to have its own colour. Surely enough 'The alphabet in colour' by Vladimir Nobokov was linked to synaesthesia. I also discovered that Wassily Kandinsky was thought to suffer from the condition which I hadn't known before but made sense to me when recalling his works. I then took part in a small training session from the study 'Adults can be trained to acquire synaesthesia' in which 'normal' adults were trained to experience symptoms of synaesthesia. I found this very enlightening as it is always very difficult to imagine conditions in which was I consider as a normal perception of the world is completely different in someone else's mind, but for the first time I viewed a text as a synaesthetic person might. I still remember the colours assigned to the 6 letters provided: u = grey, r = red, b= blue, e= green, d = brown, p = pink. 

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