The platform represents a ‘white cube’, which once was full of information, noise and colours. The platform is furnished with 20th Century’s Bauhaus aesthetics, and1960s Fluxus and Avant-Garde’s artworks. It includes 1920s Signatures aspired Piet Mondrian’s abstraction and Wassily’s Kadinsky synaesthetic coloured shapes; 1960s John Cage’s noise and silence relationship; with an attempt to make sense of the non-sense when using the “source of randomness”. By making different choices the structure forms differently when performed live.
The platform includes video with pre-composed electronic tracks, audio field recordings, and writing. The title of the platform suggests that colours can make up signatures. The title does not aim for any political or cultural subject matter that the word ‘colour’ may relate to.
Entering the platform, you find yourself at the top left corner. Under the title ‘What Colour is your Signature?’ there is an audio player of a metronome which advises you to keep track of the main rhythm. You don’t need to keep the metronome audible when you compose; however, you can revisit it whenever you need to get advice.
Before you begin composing, please scroll up and down, slide left and right to get a sense of how the platform navigates. Then write down your chosen materials after following the prescribed score. Writing down your choices will help you keep record of the time of each press, and therefore your composition will be more precise.
You will need pen and paper, an audio recorder (to record your reading of the text), and headphones to listen to the given materials. Please keep the extracted data of your choices and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choose one of the written texts.
Choose one coloured circle and press play. Listen to the composition and draw lines with the pen on the paper. The lines serve to show your understanding of structures. You will use the lines as your notation. Prepare yourself to apply the lines as your reading speed and volume.
Choose one video. The video is the full duration of your composition.
Choose three squares, the colour of which are included in your chosen video.
Choose different time frames (in seconds) to press each audio. You can get assistance by using the metronome.
Write down your choices, timings, and score on the paper.
Perform your composition.
Text: ’I took a deep breath…’ > purple circle: includes a recording from an analogue film machine. From the left (ear) side you listen to the noise picked up from the coil, whereas the right (ear) side includes another rhythm which you can follow. Choose one (or both) sides and draw lines on the piece of paper. > video: Seagulls in Venice > squares: grey, brown, black > write down when to read the text and when to press play: 10s, 35s, 50s > perform your composition.