Michaela sees and feels spaces that are a personal abstract inner presentation of the outer world. They have depth, colors, shapes and temperature, and change with every situation she finds herself in. These places of meaning and emotions are a part of her as much as her hands and just as useful: she finds orientation in them; they feel like home. Her synaesthesia might only get tiring when the room she sees is too uncomfortable but cannot avoid the situation that provokes it. Things get to her no matter what.
This video piece combines two types of images. One is an interview with Michaela in which she talks about her synaesthesia and what it means for her. The frame shows her forehead and the empty space above her head. The other images are an attempt of finding possible visualizations of these inner rooms, by exploring and perceiving my physical home from another perspective: extremely close. So close that my home and belongings loose definition and become something else.
In the fun process of making this piece and getting to know each other, we discovered that our understanding of the world is very similar, with or without rooms.
This project was part of Cross Senses, a project and exhibition linking artists and synaesthetes curated by Larissa Wunderlich