Ellen Hackl Fagan



Projects: The ColorSoundGrammar Game

The ColorSoundGrammar Game is a playful interaction where viewers explore synaesthesia and build connections between color and sound. To play, participants pair colors to the notes in the Do Re Mi musical scale. Their color/sound pairs are collected in a database that enables me to analyze the results, such as comparing womens' color/sound pairs to mens'.

These visualizations of data often become the source material for paintings and, more recently, digital images. The other objects built into the computer program also become elements in paintings, thereby continuing the process of making sound visible in my paintings. Cognitive scientist Michael Cole wrote the program in collaboration with me on this project and The Reverse Color Organ project.

Archives: History of The ColorSoundGrammar Game