CONVERSATION & PERFORMANCE: Synesthesia: Embodied Translations

Friday, April 17, 2020 6pm – 8pm

FREE at 516 ARTS

​In conjunction with Tania Candiani: Cromática, 516 ARTS presents an evening with guest artist Tania Candiani and guest speaker Kerry Doyle focusing on synesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. It is a sort of embodied translation, like seeing sound or hearing colors. Both body and translation are key to Candiani’s work which exists in the interstices of craft and contemporary practice, color and sound, poetry and technology.

Tania Candiani (born 1974, Mexico City) works in a variety of media and practices at the intersection of different languages systems, including phonic, graphic, linguistic, symbolic, and technological. The translation between diverse systems of representation is essential in the creation of her work. She has created interdisciplinary working groups in various fields, consolidating intersections between art, design, literature, music, architecture, and science, with an emphasis on early technologies and their history in the production of knowledge. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts (2011), a National System of Art Creators in Mexico Fellowship (2012-2014; 2017-2019), and an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution (2018). Candiani represented Mexico at the 56th International Venice Biennial in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in museums, institutions, and independent spaces around the world and is part of important public and private collections. Learn more about Tania Candiani at

Kerry Doyle is Director and Chief Curator of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. She specializes in curatorial projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative, with a special focus on the border as subject and site. She has curated and organized exhibitions, commissions and performances by a wide range of international artists including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Tomás Saraceno, Tania Candiani, Regina Jose Galindo, Teresa Margolles, Máximo Gonzalez, Jose Antonio Vega Macotela, Plamma Montezemolo and many others. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from De Paul University, Chicago, and a B.A. in Drawing and Printmaking and an M.A. in Latin American and Border Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and was a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute for Latino Museum Studies.