esnes

(singular esne, from sense read backwards), mnemonic techniques for relating and communicating sense stimuli — color, sound, smell: an attempt to solve the unspeakability (common to naturally evolved languages) of so much of what humans easily discern, a long-running project towards a universal language of senses covering all aspects of perception — strength, expanse, complexity, joy. Individual esnes exist for visible colors, audible timbres, tactile textures — by extension, for winds, weathers, seasons; its not just for documenting synesthesias (like color/smell mappings): esnes have been prominent in art (poetry, dance) and make inroads into everyday communication. ■    Around a shared conceptual core, an esne builds any number of modalities: thus a color expression may be numeric, descriptive, demonstrative, or a combination. The color esne has been the most advanced (eyesight!): describe a color with multiple starting points, color factorizations, modalities — such as the popular gestural modality spanning from “barely lift a finger” to full dance-like freedom of ungrounded body; esnes are about expressiveness, not objectivity, precision is iterative: call up a basic color with a quick economic gesture — and then refine it, do the hand/body dance (with or without visual feedback, e.g. an airbrush) to layer up filters and shaders to chase down the elusive tint.

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