As part of the exhibition NELSON HENRICKS, the Musée presents a lecture on synaesthesia by Nelson Henricks, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on March 30, at 6 p.m.

Synaesthesia is a phenomenon in which one form of perception leads to an experience on another sensory register, for example, hearing colours. Since the mid-nineteenth century, cross-modal sensory perception has been used as a motor for artistic research, and as a metaphor for interpreting and explaining art to the public. In his presentation, Henricks will chart the development of synaesthetic thinking since the 1850s, its relationship to modern and contemporary art, and the ways in which his own synaesthesia has informed his artistic practice in video and intermedia. The talk will offer some tools for discussing his works currently on view at MAC.

This illustration is from Chromatics, or, an Essay on the Analogy and Harmony of Colours (1817) by George Field. This book is licenced under CC BY 4.0. Courtesy of The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

The Musée d’art contemporain thanks the Canadian Centre for Architecture for its collaboration.

Born in Bow Island, Alberta, 1963, Nelson Henricks has lived and worked in Montréal since 1991. Known mainly for his video works, he has developed a multidisciplinary approach (painting, sculpture, writing) to better explore how audiovisual data from different sources overlap with and influence each other. He has taught art history and video production at Concordia University. His work has been presented constantly in Canada and abroad since the early 1990s. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, and many corporate and private collections. He is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, in Toronto.