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“RGB|CMYK Kinetic” [2015]


“RGB|CMYK Kinetic”


Five flat, disc-shaped mirrors move seemingly floating through space. Three spot lights in the three primary colors, red, green and blue (RGB) create combined white light on the floor.

The discs reflect the light and cast colored shadows onto the screen on the floor. This set-up provides the basis for a poetic choreography and the immersive, spatial experience of colorful, synchronized lights and shadows moving in unison with the computative and apparently weightless motion of the discs.

The colored ellipses on the ground are generated by reflecting and shadowing the spot lights. The mirror discs cast shadows behind them on the ground, and in these shadows the light subtracts into cyan, magenta and yellow (CMY). In front, the discs reflect the RGB light as individual colors onto the ground. Therewith the three additive primary colors (RGB) and the three subtractive primary colors (CMY) are created out of the white light.

The choreography is complemented by a musical score that unfolds in dialogue with the discs movements. The three-part sound composition for RGB|CMY Kinetic was made by Icelandic musician, Ólafur ARNALDS. The first part of the composition is based on the movements of the mirror discs: the varying heights of the discs in space modulate the five digital instruments. The following two sections of the composition interpret the computatively designed choreography more freely.

The installation was commissioned by Sónar and the Sorigué Foundation and premiered at SónarPLANTA Barcelona in 2015. Expanded by the dimension of black and white (K), “RGB|CMYK” is a work produced for the opening exhibition at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea.


Commissioned by Sónar and the Sorigué Foundation
Partners: Ólafur ARNALDS (sound composition), MKT (manufacturing and installation)



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