Color Correspondence, 2017

Experimental synesthetic performance testing possibilities of multisensory dialogue and exchange

with scents by Ugo Charron, chemist and perfumer.

Session 1: Exhibition Food Art Week Berlin, Musikbrauerei, July 2017, Berlin



Table for 6 people – the artist and five participants

4 color scents by Ugo Charron, perfumer

4 culinary translations by Ines Lechleitner

Color chart by Erich Lechleitner, 1940


Exhibition Food Art Week Berlin, Musikbrauerei, July 14th 2017, Berlin
Photographic documentation by Wataru Murakami

Color Correspondence is an experimental synesthetic performance testing
possibilities of multisensory dialogue and exchange.
Most people trust their judgement when it comes to colors and feel comfortable
talking about them. Colors are something we think we know. We do not consider them a personal experience but rather something shared by everyone. There are similarities in how people perceive colors and Ugo Charron is developing scents that can evoke a certain color most people can agree upon. On the other hand the way we relate to colors and what we associate with them vary from person to
person and are influenced by everyone’s life experiences. In Color Correspondence the interdisciplinary artist Ines Lechleitner and the perfumer Ugo Charron approach the question of color through the nose and the mouth rather than the eye.


In each of the four rounds every participant gets one scented stripe, answers questions concerning the scent in writing – olfactory and associative description – and chooses up to three colors from the color chart presented on the table. He or she then is handed a small dish for degustation – a culinary translation by the artist–and responds in writing, reflecting the taste and texture, its relation to the scent and if it evoked something similar to their own sensation when first smelling the scent. Answers are then read aloud to the group.
The feedback collected informs the development of the constituting elements and each new session will vary. We aim to perform this piece in very different social and cultural contexts as a platform for exchange.