Synesthesia Interactive Installation Preview | DesignPhiladelphia

Synesthesia Interactive Installation Preview

Synesthesia Interactive Installation Preview

October 8-18, 2020
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Virtual Exhibition


Presented By

Multi-disciplinary Design

Functional Diagram (Top Left), Installation Section (Bottom Left), Installation Perspective (Right)

Synesthesia is the pilot to a series of interactive installations by the SYNESTHETIC Research & Design Lab directed by Severino Alfonso and Loukia Tsafoulia at the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The Lab serves as a collaborative research and prototyping platform where interactive design and emergent health sciences meet, underlining the recursion between the individual and their environment.  The installation is possible through the collaboration of experts across various disciplines including architecture, textile, industrial, user experience and interaction design.

The Lab collaborates with the Center for Autism and Neurodiversity at TJU in the building of a solid foundation of knowledge, addressing all-inclusive ways for inhabiting and perceiving our environments. This collaboration stimulates dialogues amongst designers, medical field experts and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in regard to the inclusivity of our current environments and with particular focus on designing for neurodiverse individuals and those with ASD.

Synesthesia I will be exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennial at the European Culture Center in May 2021. The Installation is an atmospheric, soft interface with an infrastructural core that allows no physical bodies inside but rather consumes them virtually. It is a manifestation of bodily data relationships abstracted and projected back to an analog domain. It promotes a multiplicitous idea of what it means to be human, to have agency, and creates a collective space that shifts the narrative of an agreed syntax of form to a spatial construct of a performance of bodies.

The installation is a traveling experience that engages a variety of people, communities, and places, thus initiating ways of rethinking and engaging with the very notion of Public. As an uncurated event, it instantiates a public and a symbolic space that assumes exchange. The installation ́s afterlife moves beyond its physicality and amplifies the narratives and cultural interactions triggered by it.

If you would like to learn more or have interest in exhibiting this project in your space, please reach out here.