the color you thought you thought

premiered @ the INTERMEDIA preview, LOEB Hall, Dec. 6th, 2018

the color you thought you thought (video w/ mono audio) ties auditory and visual data together in an exploration of color and sound memory. Our brain often simplifies color data into broad categories (e.g. blue, red, etc.), which inhibits our ability to distinguish and remember the subtle differences between hues. I suspect that this neurological phenomenon, dubbed “color bias,” extends to other sensorial domains as well.

Like the communal categorization of color, Westerners most often discuss music in terms relating it to the twelve tone equal tempered system. Western music has been composed in this system since the 18th century, and the language surrounding classical music practice is built on this premise. Like color, I suspect that this results in “pitch bias,” which inhibits our ability to identify and remember minute differences in pitch.

The senses are also an area subject to conceptual separation, but recent findings in neuroscience and anthropology suggest that the strict separation of sensorial data (e.g. sight, hearing, etc.) leads to an incomplete understanding of how we consume, process, and experience media—neurologically, culturally, and individually. In this piece, the correlation between sound and visualization are concrete.