06.04 “identity of colour”

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“feature: Colour Renaissance” by Irene Coremberg

The results of “identity of colour” competition were lauched on occasion of the opening of Cologne OFF I – Cologne Online Festival 1st edition, curated by Agricola de Cologne and featuring these artists—>


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Selected artists

  • Reuben Preston (UK) – Talking Colour
  • Guido Braun (Germany)- Green House Revisited
  • Josephine LiPuma (USA) – Colorant
  • Bernhard Loibner (Austria) – Bosa 2
  • Irene Coremberg (Argentina) – Colour Renaissance
  • Caterina Davinio (Italy) – Poem in Red
  • Enrico Tomaselli (Italy) – Colours 2005
  • Agricola de Cologne (GE) – Divisionistic Approach
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    Reuben James Preston (UK)

    artist biography

    Title: Talking Colour, 2005

    This work explores the language of colour – how we describe colours and how we are seduced into purchasing manufactured colours for our homes. Using the selection of commercially available domestic colour charts of paints for our residential settings this piece demonstrates the difficulty in expressing a colour in words. The intriguing mixture of words and phrases juxstaposed against visual representations of colour charts the viewer is drawn into the debate of what colour words, phrases and vignettes draw us into thinking about.. The combination of literal visual and audio sound tracks remind us of the ways in which we are tempted by the commercial world to purchase colour for our homes by the use of seductive and entracing language. By its very presence the work questions how we attempt to describe the human phenomena of colour scintilations.


    Guido Braun (Germany)

    artist biography

    title: Green House Revisited
    digital video, 6m22s, 2004

    a sensitive love-story with one extra-ordinary colour. it is dedicated to marion graef, who
    died several months before guido braun and stella friedrichs had the unique opportunity to
    capture the picture of her strange, mint green world.


    Josephine LiPuma (USA)

    artist biography

    Colorant , 2005
    Bias comes in different forms. Colorant is a short dealing with bias using color/shape/form & other beautiful metaphors. The filmmaker Josephine Lipuma confronts the inner bias in all of us. Through image processing/colorization/visual effects/sound and tight editing of public domain footage, she reconfigures, “Birth of a Nation”, and other public domain footage. She guides the viewer from pretty into his /her own internal voice to confront bias.


    Bernhard Loibner (Austria)

    artist biography

    Title: Bosa 2
    “Bosa 2” is part of my DVD “Fragmented Memory” containing a collection of 8 sound/video pieces. “Bosa 2” is an attempt to transform an electronic sound composition (more or less) directly into the visual domain. The visual part is composed of three elements (blue/green/red) corresponding to the three building blocks of the sound composition. All visual elements were created and triggered directly by the audio signals of its corresponding sound element. “Bosa 2” (as well as all other pieces of the “Fragmented Memory” collection) work on multiple perception modes (without passing any test of consistency). They contain continuous links into symbolic, abstract and emotional spaces by constantly interweaving  these modes. This poses questions of a hierarchy of perception and sensory information.



    Irene Coremberg (Argentina)

    artist biography

    Title: Colour Renaissance, 2005
    I grew up in a home where metaphysic and subatomic worlds were mixed with the Universe at a big scale and with little and quotidian things.
    The colours, talking about their physic reality, are only a little part from waves length in the big light spectrum, which our human eyes can to perceive. But the symbolic reality of the colours is quite rich and diverse. His meanings are infinity. In arts and human creation, the colour takes one of their most
    relevant aspects. For us, the colour perception can take the shape of an oneiric
    element, like a symbol that born in our unconscious mind and exit from there, take the most fancied shapes, and then it is being disarticulated since their most essential parts in order to generate a “molecular soup”. There, the soul takes this  “molecules” for the creation of another coloured world based in the recombination from the remains of the preceding world. It will born with a different shape, and the construction & destruction cycle will be complete. The new universes can be a bit different form precedents or perhaps opposite, always one behind other. It is like dreams make in our unconscious. Virtual media operate like a poetic metaphor of the mind, the unconscious, the dreams, the colour perception, and the symbolic reconstruction of the meanings.


    Caterina Davinio (Italy)

    artist biography

    Title: Poem in Red, 2004, 5:45

    Poem in Red is dedicated to Ferrari Modena car and to red color. The metaphor is the search of happiness. Maybe a Ferrari don’t give you a perfect happiness, maybe it is a perfect help to defy unhappiness… maybe an imperfect happiness is enough, it must be enough : Poem in Red is a synthesis of hedonism, cynicism, non-sense, around a colour: red. The video work reproduces a subjective experience in a realistic way, maintaining some hard effects of moved vision.


    Enrico Tomaselli (Italy)

    artist biography

    Title: Colours 2005, Flash, loop

    a short, random play, where some objects, colours and  words, repeatedly combine themselves overlapping a continuous morph between two faces (young/adult, smiling/serious),
    telling us about colours influence on human identity, in its eternal create-destruct-recreate.


    Agricola de Cologne (Germany)

    artist biography

    Title: Divisionistic Approach

    is a Flash movie based on Agricola’s poem
    The work is developed according the principle of SAMAC
    (Simultaneous Associative Media Art Composing), which describes Agricola’s particular way of developing multi-media art works of experimental writing.
    It is a composition of words, vector graphics, sound and voice executed and performed by Agricola de Cologne.