Friday, May 12 • 12:00am - Sunday, May 21 •12:00am
What Does Blue Sound Like?

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Ellen Hackl Fagan is a conceptual artist whose interactive digital projects explore the nature of synaesthesia by pairing color to sound. In collaboration with programmer Joshie Fishbein and cognitive scientist Michael Cole the Reverse Color Organ (RCO) is an interactive web app that viewers can download to their iPhones or Droids. Their phones become a synaesthetic tool, enabling them to explore their own unique opinions about the sounds of colors. Passersby approaching the Mid-Manhattan Library will see the windows saturated with color, one blue the other red. They can log onto the RCO on their smartphones and begin playing the sonic palette, effectively pairing these two colors to their aural equivalents. Once they’ve submitted their color/sound selections, visitors can elect to enter the main Reverse Color Organ website where they can investigate the full breadth of the RCO, view the data that will be uploaded daily, and compare and contrast the color-sound pairings among different groups of people. It is Fagan’s theory that, as humans, we instinctively feel similarly about the sound of colors thus transcending cultural differences.

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Ellen Hackl Fagan

Interdisciplinary abstract painter, Ellen Hackl Fagan uses synaesthesia, digital media and interactive performance as tools for developing a corresponding language between color and sound in her work. Fagan is the inventor of The Reverse Color Organ (RCO) in collaboration with cognitive... Read More →

Arezoo Moseni

Art in the Windows Exhibition Series is curated by Arezoo Moseni and is on view day and night. What Does Blue Sound Like? by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan, will be on exhibit from April 4 – June 28, 2017.Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Library houses the largest circulating collections... Read More →

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New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Branch

Established in 1970, the Mid-Manhattan Branch contains The New York Public Library’s largest circulating collections in the heart of Midtown. Materials are geared toward students and adults, with a broad selection of popular books, older and classic fiction, DVDs, CDs, magazines... Read More →

Friday May 12, 2017 12:00am - Sunday May 21, 2017 12:00am
Mid-Manhattan Library 455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

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