‘Sensorium Tests’ and ‘At the Threshold’ by Daria Martin

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Somewhere in Between exhibition. Sensorium Tests At the Threshold by Daria Martin, in collaboration with Michael Banissy, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

Two short films about a fascinating and often debilitating condition

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‘At the Threshold’ and ‘Sensorium Tests’ explore the relationship between art, science and empathy through the experience of people with synaesthesia. This condition produces experiences in one sense that are usually felt in another or by another – for example, perceiving sounds as colours. A person with mirror-touch feels other people's sensations of touch, both painful and pleasurable.

The films, set in the style of 1950s melodramas, encourage you to inhabit the experiences of others and truly watch with all your senses.

About the contributors

Photograph of Daria Martin
Daria Martin

Daria Martin is an artist and film maker based in London, and Professor of Art and Director of Graduate Studies at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. Working primarily in 16 mm film, she considers relationships between objects and people, and the crossovers between internal and social worlds. She has created a number of films, books and symposia on the subject of synaesthesia. She received Wellcome Arts Awards in 2008 and 2010 to support her films about mirror-touch.

Photograph of Dr Michael Banissy
Dr Michael Banissy

Michael Banissy is a psychologist / cognitive neuroscientist studying how people perceive and interact with others. He is Professor in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London.