"I was 7 when I discovered I was a synesthete. I was coming back home with another bad mark at maths and I said to my father “yeah but you know how the colour of the 6 and the 7 can be confusing sometimes…They both green” And my nuclear engineer father looked at me surprised “what are you talking about?!” -Well you know how 6 is light green and 7 is dark green, also 3 being red, 3+3 aren’t supposed to give a light green number like 6 so it’s hard to make sens”
I saw my father’s face so I kept going “When you say or hear or see a number, when you picture it in your head, you see a colour right ?”
“Nope. There is nothing”.
“But A is white tho” yelled my mom from upstairs. “Really ? I see it red…” Later on, while researching about synesthesia I discovered it’s given through X chromosome only and that each synesthete has his own colour code and senses.
That’s how I started cultivating this particularity growing up and then as a communication and design student. My goal is trying to make other people, like my dad, understand how this particularity feels and works but also to allow some other syntesthetes to find out about it.
The world being much more visual and musical these days through instagram, advertising, video games, virtual reality. We are pushing the pixels and reality’s limits, I think it’s interesting to work on this subject as it’s a virtual reality created by the human body, like an organic html coding language which help me remember any number or words because of their colours.
“This girl’s name can’t be “Sarah” cause she’s not red, but green so she’s has to be “Helen”."