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A Synaesthesia Concert for Brain Awareness Week

Date posted: 11 March 2020

*EVENT POSTPONED: In the light of the developing coronavirus situation, this event will be rescheduled for a later date.*

The remarkable nature of how sensory information is processed in the brain will be conveyed through music and art in a live concert performance by synaesthete-musician Svetlana Rudenko with images from synaesthete-artist Jane Mackay at Maynooth University on 18 March 2020. 

This event is taking place as part of Neuroscience Ireland’s Brain Awareness Week programme, in association with MU’s Departments of Psychology and Music, TIMBRE (The Irish Music and Brain Research group), and the Arts and Brain Network.

Synaesthesia is a rare condition in which sensory information from one modality (e.g. sound) is experienced in a different modality (e.g. vision) due to cross-wiring of sensory areas in the brain. Some such synaesthetes can “taste” words, or “feel” colours, while others “see” music or experience numbers and letters in colour. The study of synaestheia has yielded insights into how the brain processes multiple streams of sensory information. Dr Svetlana Rudenko is a synaesthete-musician, concert pianist and composer who has also carried out research into the experience of synaesthesia.

The concert will feature short introductions by Prof Fiona Newell (TCIN and TCD School of Psychology), a leading researcher in the area of synaesthesia, and Sophie Lee (UL and TIMBRE). Pianist Svetlana Rudenko will play a selection of pieces by Liszt, Debussy, Brahms and Scriabin on a grand piano. Projected images of previously painted pieces by synaesthete-artist Jane Mackay, Tim Leyden and Maura McDonnell will be displayed during the performance to create a multisensory experience for the audience.

This event is part of a series of events forming Brain Awareness Week 2020, as promoted by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), and is funded by FENS, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.

Event information
Venue: Renehan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth University
Date: Wednesday 18 March
Time: 5-7pm
Cost: €15 (€10 Concessions)
Tickets: www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-synaesthesia-concert-for-brain-awareness-week-tickets-96413987833

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