Synesthesia is the phenomenon of experiencing stimuli across more than one sense. While this phenomenon has been observed for centuries, the scientific basis for it is only now being understood. Making synesthesia even more interesting are arguments as to whether it is a psychological or physiological condition (it was not in the DSM-IV but is in the DSM-V). The prevalence of synesthesia among many well-known artists serves as the foundation for this project. People experience the world in different ways, and nothing illustrates differences in human perception quite as dramatically as synesthesia. The Synesthesia Digital Library is a collection built using Omeka that contains biographical information on famous synesthetes, descriptions of different types of synesthesia, and related academic resources.
Created with Lindsay Roberts and Katie Yashiro, with original artwork by Jon Stich.
Image: Detail of ‘Grapheme-Color’ by Jon Stich.