Subject: Synesthesia

For the previous 5 years, as founded by Prof. Makis Warlamis, the Kunstmuseum Waldviertel has been involved with the topic of Synaesthesia, a visual representation of music, the coupling of two separate areas of perception, music and image.

The initiation of this research project was the finding that, for most people, listening to contemporary classical music is difficult because the human brain struggles to find patterns in this musical style. The difficulty of listening to, and absorbing contemporary classical score, is challenging for most audiences.


Undertaken as a socio-cultural research project, with the aim of offering learning and exposure opportunities, to the wider public, on the topic of contemporary classical music.  Through audiovisual presentations, the synergy of two senses are engaged.  The feedback and experience of participants has proved very positive.  Sample groups of participants with various educational backgrounds, whether with musical training or non to speak of, all have responded enthusiastically.  The orientation of this initial creative work being undertaken by our museum, is currently also the subject of wider medical research.


Artistic visual compositions were projected whilst the symphonic works played in the background.   The parallel nature of the dual experience however does not underscore of a representation of either medium, as each has their own rhythm and speed.

The visual works are perceived as pleasant by the participants and the audience. People’s curiosity is thus satisfied by the dynamics and abstract quality of the projected images, void of any riddles or guess work.

The brain easily processes these streams of images and so the symphonic work is transported without subjective evaluation. The results have been amazing. Almost all participants have reacted to the same patterns and perceived and evaluated this audiovisual synergy positively.

Topic: Introduction to the process of creative automatism

A special research initiative of the Kunstmuseum Waldviertel, which is now especially timely, with the digitalization of the computer age for children and youth.  Also helping adults to achieve top creative performance.

Topic: Introduction to the process of creative automatism

This is a special research idea of the Waldviertel Art Museum, which is currently being now in the computer age children and young people, but also adults to be creative top performance.

Contents: The methods developed by Prof. Warlamis and the team at the Waldviertel Art Museum support children and young people in particular in their creative work, in which they learn to use random structures that arise spontaneously, quickly and directly, in order to then turn these initially inconspicuous forms into objects to create impressive architectural, plastic, painterly, graphic compositions. In this creative process, everyone involved experiences a very good and intense sense of accomplishment, because the results are unimaginable and incomprehensible, are at the same time characterized by a high artistic level and make astonishing architectural formations visible.

Implementation: Numerous projects have been realized in recent years, which will also be continued in 2015 and the following years. These projects were carried out with students from the USA, Europe and Asia and thus cross-cultural experience was gained with the result that the methodology used can achieve extremely fruitful results in a wide variety of cultures. It is therefore a universal method that overcomes all cultural differences and gives all children and young people the feeling and also enables the concrete experience of achieving top performance with their creative activities and works in a very short time.

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