Noises of Utopia
Noises of Utopia confronts the realm of synaestesia, crossing epistemological boundaries to hear colors, or smell sounds, for instance. Polinski and Shimomura’s approach to such boundary-crossing takes on a unique aspect missing in many of the more theoretical forays into synaestesia. The idea of noise not sound or melody is crucial to their art experience. Noise makes room for a Dionysian moment in the often Apollonian experiments in sound art or music. The Utopia achieved transcends a mere search for harmony of the senses. It allows for and even embraces the disharmony of the world we live in.