Synesthesia by Terri Timely

Update: The previous video was deleted, but Ian uploaded a new one. Thanks Ian.

I get a lot of emails about work, sometimes rich and detailed descriptions, other times one liners… This is a story of the latter. It was from a guy named Ian, who made a new short film. As always I checked it out, thinking it might have been a school project or something. The film ends up being just short of brilliant, something I didn’t quite suspect.

As it turns out, Ian Kibbey made the film with his partner Corey Creasey, who are the duo behind Terri Timely. Together, Ian and Corey have directed music videos for music artists like St. Vincent (who’s new video for Actor Out of Work is brilliant), The Little Ones, Joanna Newsom and Midlake among others. To say these guys are talented would be an understatement.

So the video above is titled Synesthesia, which for those who haven’t heard of it is, “is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.” For example you might smell a color, or hear a taste… it’s sensing something and processing it in an entirely different matter. So in the video above, we see a family go about their rather suburban lives, but experiencing things in a different way. The boy at the table is listening to his vegetables, the mother is chopping up words, possibly tasting what she’s reading, and the other son in the living room is smelling color from his music.

The idea is quite brilliant and is visualized as well as I think one could with such a complex topic. Sit back and enjoy this little visual treat. Also, for more about synesthesia, click here to read the Wikipedia page.


June 20, 2009