Video recording of Mirror-touch: Synaesthesia and the social symposium at Tate Modern

Mirror-touch: Synaesthesia and the social - Part 1

Mirror-touch: Synaesthesia and the social - Part 2

Mirror-touch: Synaesthesia and the social - Part 3

Mirror-touch: Synaesthesia and the social - Part 4

How do artworks touch us?

Are images reflected in our bodies?

Can sensation be a form of participation?

This symposium investigates how mirror-touch synaesthesia can model an empathic way of engaging with artworks. Speakers from neuroscience, art practice and theory, anthropology, and film studies discuss this fascinating condition, challenging the notion that merely looking is passive and celebrating the political agency of perception. Participants include Michael Banissy, Brian Dillon, Lars Bang Larsen, Daria Martin, Laura U. Marks, Massimiliano Mollona, Christopher Pinney, Patricia Pisters, Joel Salinas, James Wannerton and Jamie Ward; with an opening keynote on Friday 7 February by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13).