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Unshackling the neurodivergent

Playwright Jesi Bender offers a first-of-its-kind play with an all-neuro-divergent cast at the experimental Brick Theater in New York’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn “I truly believe a greater understanding of neurodiversity makes people better human beings.” –Jesi Bender, playwright, Kinderkrankenhaus The playwright is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy PLD You have written a play, Kinderkrankenhaus, which calls for an all-neurodivergent cast. What inspired your interest in neurodiversity? JB I’ve always been interested in the idea that no two people understood or experienced the world in the same way.  When

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Music, Magic and Synesthesia in Painting Ruby Tuesday:

An interview with author Jane YardleyThe author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy “Talking about my own synaesthetic experiences felt liberating, and to do so in New York City… well, that was marvelous! I fell in love with the idea of New York at the age of eight, which was two decades before I first set foot there, and I used that sense of magic in Painting Ruby Tuesday”—Jane Yardley PLD:  Your novel, Painting Ruby Tuesday is, by turns, both delightful and intriguing. It features two off-beat main characters

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Seeing the Dancing Shapes of Music, Water, and Flower Fragrance

Author Ninghui Xiong discusses his new e-book, Painting Music “The “dancing nature” of music cannot be ignored. The movement of music is oriented in three-dimensional space, and its sense of tempo (adagio, andante, allegro, presto, etc.) is reflected in different forms of lines on the canvas.”—Ninghui Xiong The author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy PLD: You are a visual artist who not only hears music, but also “sees” music. This rare synesthetic perception allows you to “paint” the music you hear. You share the fruits of

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“The Unique Charm of an “A.D.D.” Writer”

“Digression” is raised to an art form in Tyler Gore’s hilarious book, My Life of Crime A colorful Congratulations! to Tyler C. Gore:2023 Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medalist”andEric Hoffer First Horizon Award Finalist, and National Indie Excellence Award Finalist”   “So I forget—did I tell you I have attention deficit disorder? Confirmed by several therapists…you get the point: this thing is digressive. Lots of detours. Time to buckle up, roll down the windows, crank up the tunes. Oh, come on. Get back in the car. Please?

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Collaboration between Journey Through The Senses and Nairobi Design at the Nairobi Design Week Festival, 2022

As part of the Nairobi Design Week Festival in April 9-10, with an associated fair going April-March 2022, Journey Through The Senses (JTTS) and Nairobi Design Week (NDW) worked in collaboration to organize a workshop and survey, which was an excellent opportunity to bring together two organizations with different backgrounds, missions and expertise. The joint effort of our teams allowed both organizations to learn from each other and expand our knowledge and social impact. While this collective aim of our cross-cultural partnership was to open doors to

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Music, the Fuel of Art and Spaceships-part 2

The composers Gaby Cardoso and Timothy B. Layden are interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy Synesthetes Timothy B. Layden and Gaby Cardoso composed “Shared Colors”, music that fueled a spaceship in Layden’s sci-fi novel, Dreams of Laika Timothy Layden Gaby Cardoso “…when I found out that Tim Layden experienced colorful sounds like me, I simply thought of recording music together. I sent him a message asking if he wanted to record something together and he said yes. We were that spontaneous.” –Gaby Cardoso “Gaby and I had never

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Music, the fuel of art and spaceships

A Q&A with Timothy B. Layden about his new synesthetic science fiction book, Dreams of Laika Timothy Layden is an artist who “paints music”—music fuels his visual art as it does his new science fiction novel The author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy “I would suggest taking each page a step at a time, like you are traveling in a foreign world, like a tourist might wander unknown streets: occasionally feeling a bit lost is part of the fun…” – author, Timothy Layden PLD:  Before your

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The Astonishment of Human Diversity

A memory and an appreciation of the late Peter Brookby Patricia Lynne Duffy  Peter Brook The Valley of Astonishment   “I’d never heard that miraculous word – synesthesia. When you explained what it meant, things became clear for me. But,” Carl carefully adds, “I know that you won’t try to take away this rich world I live in.”—The Valley of Astonishment The late, legendary director Peter Brook and his creative partner Marie-Helene Estienne brought multiple human realities—both cultural and neural– to the stage. Sadly, in July 2022,

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The Colors of Crime

A Q&A with author Sarah J. Harris. Author Sarah J. Harris creates a fascinating neurodivergent character in her thriller, The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder The author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy PLD: The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a wonderful, unique coming-of-age story with a neurodivergent character.  What inspired you to create the character, Jasper, who is on the autism spectrum, has “face blindness” [the inability to recognize faces], and synesthesia? SJH: I’ve been interested in synesthesia for many years after coming across the condition during

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Kandinsky’s Singing Colors

A Q&A with Barb Rosenstock, author of The Noisy Paintbox  The Noisy Paintbox, illustration by Mary Grandpré Barb Rosenstock Author Barb Rosenstock writes a wonderful, colorful book about the life of synesthete-artist Kandinsky—one in a series spotlighting heroes in history The author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy PLD:  Your book, The Noisy Paintbox is full of charm. It is presented as a children’s book, but I believe it has appeal for all who admire and are curious about modern art—and seeing the world differently.  When did you

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Hemingway had Paris and TJ Parker has Laguna

Q&A with T. Jefferson Parker, best-selling novelist of detective fiction Author T. Jefferson Parker: “Hemingway had Paris and I have Laguna… “Our senses are the gateways to our consciousness, so if those senses are heightened by synesthesia, psychotropic drugs, or focused, intense meditation, then you’re set up for an altered – maybe higher – view of what’s going on both inside you and around you” – T. Jefferson Parker Long-time best-selling writer of detective novels, T. Jefferson Parker has a new book, A Thousand Steps set in

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Listening to Fragrance – Part 2

An excerpt from Homage to Zhang Yu” by Ninghui Xiong and Patricia Lynne Duffy Here, we present “Part 2” of the previous post, “Listening to Fragrance” (the Q&A with 14th century Chinese poet, Zhang Yu, whose poem beautifully expressed his synesthetic perception) — as an “Homage to Zhang Yu”: Homage to poet, Zhang Yu Some reflections from Patricia Lynne Duffy: “It is interesting to trace a path from Ming Dynasty poet Zhang Yu’s poem, The “Pavilion for Listening to Fragrance” to the work of contemporary synesthete-artists like

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“Listening to Fragrance”

An Imaginary Q&A with 14th century Chinese poet Zhang Yu by Patricia Lynne Duffy with Ninghui Xiong Many of us think of “synesthesia” as a recently realized phenomenon—so it is striking to come upon a synesthetic poem written in 14th century China by the poet, Zhang Yu: Brilliant, bright! –the flowers of the Season! Their subtle fragrance arises in the quiet. Others are hoping to smell them a few times, but I prefer to use my ears! The fragrance sends forth jewel-like songs; singing them aloud I

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A SYNESTHESIA TREE GROWS IN SYN WEB CITY

Paula Sandham Burns (or Pau, as she is known to her friends) is the author and designer of The Synesthesia Tree, a rising new website in the Syn Community. Here, Pau shares her experience as author and creator of The Tree: “I must say that making it has been one of the most absorbing and enjoyable projects of my life.” The web author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy Paula Sandham Burns (or Pau), author and creator of The Synesthesia Tree    PLD: You are the creator

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Artist Joan Mitchell’s ‘Secret Magic’: Synesthesia Q&A with Patricia Albers, author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life

Author Patricia Albers reflects on the great abstract-expressionist, Joan Mitchell’s work—and the role of the artist’s synesthesia— Mitchell lived at a time when little was known about the perception. See a retrospective of Joan Mitchell’s work at SF MOMA, September 4 – January 17, 2022 The author is interviewed by Patricia Lynne Duffy Patricia Albers, author PLD:-How did you first learn of Joan Mitchell’s synesthesia and explore it as an element in her painting? PA: Early in my research for my biography of Joan Mitchell, I spent

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The inner and outer landscapes that shape identity

Monique Truong, author of the novel, Bitter in the Mouth explores being a member of a minority in two realms. Interview by Patricia Lynne Duffy    A big colorful Congratulations! to Monique Truong–winner of the Dos Passos Literary Prize 2021.  http://www.longwood.edu/news/2021/monique-truong-2021-dos-passos-prize-winner/  Author Monique Truong It was fascinating to do a Q&A with author Monique Truong on her novel Bitter in the Mouth. The novel’s unforgettable character, Linda/Linh-Dao Hammerick experiences minority status in two realms: as an Asian- American, she is a member of a racial minority in her all-white

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Landscapes of Blue, the Iconic Color — Even for Synesthetic Experience

Written by: Patricia Lynne Duffy Introduction: the many shades and meanings of BlueThe color blue intrigues. On the landscape of both the outer world and the inner one, blue holds a central place. If asked to name a favorite color, most adults around the world, cutting across lines of culture and gender — will say it is blue. Blue has an obvious presence, both in our external world and on our interior ‘mindscape’. Interestingly, ‘blue’ has also come to have an iconic place on the inner landscape

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LEONARDO, FLORENCE, AND THE MAGIC THAT WAS CREATED THROUGH COLLABORATION

An enthusiastic recommendation, the biography released in 2017, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.  My belief in creating collaborations with talented and good people was confirmed for me when I recently read the fantastic biography, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. As Isaacson repeatedly points out, there would be no Leonardo (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), as we know him today, if there was no creative mix in Florence or Milan, and the amazing pool of curious talent, synergy, and financial support from the rulers and elites

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LA ART SHOW, WINE, OCTOPUS, RECORD LAUNCH PARTY

THE SYNAESTHETE WINE TASTING WITH SOMMELIER JAIME SMITH AN EVENT PRODUCED BY BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE Jaime Smith is a world-renown sommelier who sees colors when he tastes wine. Building Bridges Art Exchange hosted a talk and wine tasting, on November 5, 2017, with synaesthete sommelier, Jaime Smith, from the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. Jamie sees different color spectrums, shapes, and textures for each wine he tastes as well as color patterns for each scent he experiences. Without the encouragement and support of Executive Director and

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DANCE, MUSIC, A SCIENCE CONFERENCE, AN AUTHOR TALK AND A CONCERT

SYNAESTHETE DANCE EXPERIENCE: 4D MULTISENSORY SHOW The show was presented on October 1, 2017 at the beautiful 100 seat Actors’ Gang Theater.  The show was produced by Appelusa, Co-produced by Daniel Shcuster with CC Hart and Dr. Sean A. Day of IASAS. This Website offers all kinds of fun links and images from the show: https://synaesthesiadanceexperience.com/ This is Appelusa’s professional website: https://www.appelusa.com/ Without the encouragement and support of Executive Director and Curator Marisa Caichiolo and Building Bridges Art Exchange, SYNAETHESIA: what is the taste of the color

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SYNAESTHESIA: What is the taste of the color blue? Opening Night

Without the encouragement and support of Executive Director and Curator Marisa Caichiolo and Building Bridges Art Exchange, SYNAETHESIA: what is the taste of the color blue? would not have been possible. https://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/ https://www.buildingbridgesartexchange.org/synaesthesia The opening reception for SYNAESTHEISIA: What is the taste of the color blue? was held on September 23, 2017. The Building Bridges Art Exchange Gallery was packed the whole evening with over 600 people enjoying the interactive art, music, and things to do.  IASAS sponsored this collaboration which included BBAX and Art Sci Center

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A UNIQUE ART EXHIBITION, BUT WOULD IT HAPPEN?

I didn’t know very much about inherited synaesthesia, but it sure seemed interesting and unique and as far as I could tell, a major international art exhibition with music and dance, poetry, etc., it had never been done.  This made for my kind of project.  I had a brief discussion with my Executive Director and Curator at Building Bridges, Marisa Caichiolo.  Marisa let me know that this kind of science based art exhibition isn’t the usual thing we do at Building Bridge. Our focus is contemporary museum

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What Is Inherited Synaethesia and Would It Make for a Unique Art Exhibition?

Hi, everyone. My name is Daniel Schuster. Welcome to this new blog, EarthFireWonders.com  The fun and excitement for me in putting this new weekly blog together is to share with you some of the truly stunning things that are out there taking place the arts and sciences, and related technology, with a particular nod to inherited synaesthesia and neurodiversity.  Of course, let’s not forget fashion, music, and design. I am hoping this will all be something like having coffee and conversations at a fun cafe with good

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