Our Micro-Grant Program offers small but critical support to the work of an awarded SciArt member whose existing scientific, artistic, or transdisciplinary project requires extra funding for completion. With a focus on projects that combine the arts, sciences, and technology in novel ways, our grantees projects are highlighted below:
Karen Ong & Olfactory-Visual Synesthesia
Computational biologist Karen Ong collaborated with artist and synesthete Lauren Slivka to better understand olfactory-visual synesthesia through analysis of fragrance paintings. The funds from this micro-grant were used to buy art materials for a pilot study in which Lauren painted her visual experience of a selection of perfumes, and Karen analyzed the visual data produced by Lauren with aims to quantify synesthetic experience.
Simone Tetrault & "Symphony of the Fourth Dimension"
"Symphony of the Fourth Dimension" is an immersive theater production that explores the phenomenology of time through the lens of perception, examining the emotional and metaphysical human experience. The funds from this micro-grant were used to purchase heart-rate monitors and body sensor technology, as well as motion sensor equipment, which allowed for the depiction and translation of the body's experience through time in sound and real time visual projection.