How does an abstract painting sound? What does music look like? Fine art artist Ferhat Kaplan and electronic music improv duo Working Titles blur the boundaries of the music industry and the art world with their collaboration Muzikale Beelden. With cutting edge technologies the artists are able to transmit visuals to sounds, which were then turned into musical pieces. With an innovative interdisciplinary concept as a result.
One of my fascinations at the moments is the condition of synaesthesia, which can influence the art of a visual artist, something which is known to have affected many artists throughout history in different ways. Understanding this phenomenon is very difficult because it can manifest itself in many different ways. Through my own work I try to convey a deeper understanding of synaesthesia to the perceiver of my work. Lately I have been trying to accomplish this by attempting to erase the borders between music and visual art. This has manifested itself in a collaborative project with the electronic improvisation duo ‘Working Titles’. By using advanced newly developed technologies these musicians are capable of translating the visual imagery of art to sounds. Special software creates a gridline on an image of the art, which is used to calculate RGB colour values. These values determine the length and height of a tone. The musicians take these tones and translate them to a musical composition, allowing the beholder and listener to experience the art in multiple ways. Experience the art through listening to music that was created from it, and how images can create art. This tries to create a deeper understanding of how synaesthesia feels, and how arts and audio can be influenced by each other
The different elements on the paintings are imperfect, the lines are not smooth and the forms are not what they seem to be. They represent the breaking of the rules of everyday life. When you pay attention to the lines you’ll see that they move in a youthful way. The colours that are used don’t represent any side of society they speak for equality in an immature way. In my work I prefer to use different mediums, such as: latex, felch, charcoal, oil paint, oil pastel, zippers, silk and gesso. These different elements are used to create more dept and to blur patriarchy. Over the last 300 years embroidery and needlework has been portrayed as a purely feminine craft connected to female domesticity and not as the universal artform it is, practiced by both woman and men, and once was in the middle ages. By using stitchery in different formations and integrating it in an artform dominated by men – oil painting, these lines of patriarchy are once again blurred as they should be.