Creative Synesthesia

“Creative Synesthesia is a condition in which one type of stimulation of the senses evokes the sensation of another.”

This perceptual phenomenon applies to Filippo Marinetti’s “At Night In Her Bed”. The father of Futurism, the goal of Marinetti’s work was to reject all that was traditional and celebrate urban culture and advanced technology. The Futurism movement wished to portray movement, speed, power and violence through a modern lens.  Marinetti’s main subjects/inspiration were the automobile and war, which represented all of these components.

In “At Night In Her Bed”, Marinetti depicts how sound would look. He has created a visual frequency of the sounds, using elongated or large type to show us a particularly higher/louder sound compared to the sounds that are smaller, which we can assume are shorter or quieter. He is showing us a bombing that is keeping a woman awake at night. It is an allegory, because she is thinking of her partner who is on the front lines fighting in the war. She is awake because she is imagining the bombings. It is total chaos, we feel the anxiety the woman is experiencing through Marinetti’s jagged lines. There is an influence from the Vorticism movement in this piece; the text is exploding upwards in a circular motion away from the woman imagining it. This piece is unique where it has already aided me visually to experience synesthesia. It’s very illustrative with the text, which brings me to interpret the sound of a bomb.

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, At Night In Her Bed 1919

 

Works Cited:

http://www.theartstory.org/movement-futurism.htm

https://www.moma.org/collection/works/7680

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1995.511.1/