Playtronica and Journey Through The Senses are pleased to present SOUND TASTING

Sound Tasting: Experimental Food & Synesthetic Sound Experience.

BERLIN, GERMANY (October 2, 2023). 

Join us on October 9th at Mikrokosmos restaurant in Berlin for a groundbreaking sensory fusion event where experimental cuisine meets synesthetic sound! Experience unique tastings from Mikrokosmos’ sustainable kitchen, matched with a live performance of renowned multimodal artist Portrait XO, translating flavors into sounds based on their auditory-gustatory synesthesia.

Synaesthesia is an involuntary mixture of senses – like associating colours with numbers, for example.  Portrait XO transforms flavors into soundscapes to take the audience on a journey of how she hears flavors e.g. lemon is high frequencies, and peanut butter is low subby bass.  By allowing participants to experience these multisensory translations, they’re invited to question how their own senses might perceive the relationship between taste and sound. 

The collaboration is produced by Playtronica Berlin studio, (and Journey Through the Senses)  which blends technology and synesthesia, enabling users to experience a multifold perception by associating music with touch, color, or even taste. Playtronica sensors act as a bridge, creating a multi-sensory experience that lets people feel music and sound in different ways. 

Hosted by Mikrokosmos, located in Berlin-Kreuzberg, this experience aims to educate about sustainable dietary alternatives and overcome the fear and disgust of unconventional foods like insects.

The event, championing neurodiversity, is supported by Journey Through The Senses and is part of the experimental series sponsored by the Jägermeister Meister grant 2023/2024.

About participants:

Portrait XO (she/they) is an independent researcher and transdisciplinary artist.  Recently awarded jazzki award by ELBJAZZ (June 2023), the first German human-AI jazz prize, she’s been recognized over the years for her work in sonic innovation with AI audio pioneers Dadabots.  They won ‘Best Experiment’ award at VUT Indie Awards 2021, and Eurovision AI Song Contest Jury Vote for ‘most creative use of AI’ in 2020.  Her development into AI audiovisual art evolved through several artist residencies from NEW NOW FESTIVAL and BBA Gallery in 2021, and Factory Berlin x Sonar+D in 2020.  She researches computational creativity, human-machine collaboration, and explores new formats & applications for forward-thinking art and sound.  She holds a monthly radio residency with her art & activism collective CO:QUO (CO-CREATE STATUS-QUO) on Refuge Worldwide Radio, and a founding member of The IASAS (International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists) and recently launched SOUND OBSESSED – sonic innovation archive celebrating the journey and milestones of new innovation in sound.  Her debut research-based AI audiovisual album ‘WIRE’ released on December 9th 2022 as a first of its kind NFT to Vinyl release on music NFT polygon  marketplace twelve x twelve.  

Portrait XO has performed, presented, and exhibited at SXSW, Ars Electronica, MONOM, Reeperbahn Festival, International Music Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event, BBA Gallery, RE:PUBLICA, Sonar+D, Factory Berlin, Tech Open Air, Redbull Music, Future Forum by BMW Welt, KIKK Festival, Github, and more.

Mikrokosmos Berlin

For five years now, the Italian-born Nicol Sartirani has been making food insects socially acceptable in Germany with her project “Mikrokosmos Berlin”. Cooking courses, catering, pop-up events and their presence at street food markets and in Markthalle Neun have so far ensured media coverage that more and more people are considering the tiny crawling creatures as an alternative source of protein. Together with chef and partner Diego Castro, Sartirani is now fulfilling his long-standing dream of owning his own restaurant.

Playtronica Berlin
Playtronica is a creative technology studio that develops toolkits to bring interactivity to the everyday world and explore electronic music in a playful and accessible way. Playronica has developed TouchMe, a unique touch controller that can be used in music, education, artistic practice, therapy and human perception research.

TouchMe was awarded the International Sound Award for Best Music Product (2020) and an honourable mention at DNA Paris Design (2019). Playtronica residents in Berlin and Paris and collaborates with institutions such as the Gropius Bau, Centre Pompidou, Paris Philharmonic, and Royal College of Art, TU Delft, TU Berlin and Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

Journey Through The Senses is an international nonprofit organization working in alliance with universities, other nonprofit organizations and corporations worldwide to build a greater understanding and appreciation for neurodiversity, those who are neurodiverse, and the vast capabilities of our sensory perception. JTTS creates community and global engagement through events and collaborations which are widely cross-cultural and supported by our broad international network of members whose skills and insights cut across numerous artistic and scientific disciplines. Through the lens of science, the arts, new technology, and mental health research, our hands-on workshops, performances, concerts and exhibitions aim to welcome the public on a journey which is not only educational and personally meaningful, but also inspires awe and wonder for the human mind.

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