Synesthetic Keyboard (2010-11)

Built in Processing, which uses the Java scripting platform, this piece substitutes a random color code for each letter and number every time the page is refreshed. It is an investigation into grapheme-color synesthesia and the strengths/capabilities that manifest to those who experience it.

Grapheme-color cross-sensory experiences are the most common form of synesthesia. Given that letters and numbers are fixed systems, individuals with this type of synesthesia are often sought for studies by researchers. These studies tell us quite a bit about the general nature of the phenomenon, as many of the triggers for other types of synesthesia aren't so easily controlled and/or presented in as objective a way as an established written language. While I don't experience this type of synesthesia, I created this piece for those who do, and have created personalized versions that type in set colors for that particular synesthete.

Due to significant changes to Java recently, I've removed the interactive elements for now until I'm sure they're functioning properly. For now, enjoy these images from the two versions of the Synesthetic Keyboard!

Version 1.5, with a square-framed space, great for play.

Synesthetic Keyboard by Carrie C Firman

Version 2.0, with word processing environment influence.

Synesthetic Keyboard by Carrie C Firman