MAKING SENSE LAB

I have decided to launch an experimental space where students from University of Creative Communication, Prague, have a chance to work collaboratively, across disciplines, working towards a shared goal. The aim is to provide an opportunity to push boundaries of creativity through allowing open experimentation and cross-fertilisation. We invite guests: from musicians to practitioners in areas of arts, design and science, in order to inspire, provoke and stir up creative energies.

We meet on Mondays, between 18.30 – 20.30

Our values are focused on:

  • Experimentation
  • Creative process
  • Imagination
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Flexibility a transferability of skills
  • Technology versus embodiment
  • Paying attention to all the senses

The programme is curated by me, Dr. Tereza Stehlikova, head of Visual Arts Department at VŠKK.

#1 SYNAESTHESIA

We have launched our experimental space on Monday 6th December, 2021.

Special guests: Musicians Irena and Vojta Havel

Irena and Vojtech Havel are world-renowned composers and multi-instrumentalists, known mainly as players on the ancient stringed instrument Viola De Gamba. They compose music for films, theatre and dance performances. Havels were featured in more than 30 countries and collaborated on many international multimedia projects.

Havels at Antony Gormley’s studio, London

Synaesthesia, the neurological condition that causes a blending of the senses – colours can be connected to letters and numbers, smells and tastes to music or touch to vision – has long been linked to creativity: famous synaesthetes include Sibelius and more recently Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga. (The Guardian, 2014)

In this session we explored aspects of synaesthesia. The evening will involved watching early abstract film work, as well as listening and responding to live music (its rhythm and texture), visually, through drawing.

A short 1 minute animation from the first session: artwork: students of VSKK, Music: Havlovi

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