PS1 YAP 2006 Proposal : Purple Haze
Queens, New York 2006
Purple Haze is a sandwich of sensory stimuli compressed such that each one commingles with the others to form distinctly synesthetic effects – conditions in which two or more stimuli mix to create a third, mixed state. Colors are “felt,” physical sensations are “seen,” smells are “tasted,” and so on. This interplay creates a multivalent atmosphere that stimulates the individual body and, by extension, the body of the crowd in continually changing ways. As waves of sensory stimuli pass through a crowd, individual bodies congeal into cohesive forms. Through shared pleasure comes a contemporary form of community.