The Analytical Colour Engine
The Analytical Colour Engine creates spectrum from information related to chosen colours. It is the metadata. The associations are meaning; directly and indirectly.


Colour - Associations and Meaning
There is a mass of literature dealing with meaning and colour association from antiquity to the present. This is dealt with in wide and varied contexts: artists, art historians and theoreticians, physicists, chemists, psychologists, philosophers, new age therapists et al. This is not the place to endeavor a critique of that wealth of literature but those unfamiliar with it might well begin with: Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism and Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction both by John Gage and Chromophobia by David Batchelor.
The purpose of this project is to gather and order and re-order within a dynamic structure meaning(s); whether this is on the macro-level of widely shared understanding or on the micro-level of individual recollection. By inviting contributions to give meaning to the works, from a largely uncontrolled audience in many different locations, the content is augmented on each occasion the work is installed. To the questions that are asked there are no right or wrong answers. What is accumulated is a series of positions, which relate to questions.
The outcome of contributions is not an answer to a question it is a set of answers. In this way there is the coalition of Cantorian Set Theory and the metaphysics of meaning. This is not merely symbolic of a democracy of thought, which at times struggles for cohesion within its diversity of views but is a model of one section of it. Aligned with this diversity of meaning is the contrary phenomena of Colour Constancy Theory [E.H Land] which recognises the apparent sameness of colour under different conditions even thought the measurement in terms of the physics of light has changed. So it seems that while the colour remains the same the meaning is pliable, but while the physics of the colour can change it can apparently stay the same.
This artwork seeks to collect, process, reveal, cross-reference and map communities of colour associations. It explores through narrative and the identification of embodied colour; it expresses individual and collective complexity responding to a simple question; how does colour relate?
The Haphazard Analytical Colour Engine will map networks of meaning through a kind of collective Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.
a. Search by Colour.
This facility will enable mapping key words and concept and their proportional use in relation to the colour chosen. It will allow the selection of parameters for the search defining greater degrees of accuracy. There will be a pallet 16.7 million colour.
b. Search by Key Word/Concept
This will be the reverse function to Search by Colour. Key words can be entered and the colours associated with that colour will be proportionally mapped.
Key word search can be a compound function allowing words to be entered in series producing more specific maps. The combination of the information gathered through all forms of collection from poetic description, vox pop interviews, to lifestyle data from the questionnaires will provide a rich source to draw from.
c. Compound Colour/Key Word Search
This function will produce the map of the sets of data input. It will describe the proportional groups of interests, which have contributed to it. It will for example describe the results from demographic questionnaire sets and their distinct key words/concept associations.
Key Word Generation
The important concept in the generation of keywords is that it will not be a pre-prescribed list. It will be dynamically built from the data, which is collected. By constructing the database to exclude definite articles, conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs etc only the key words will be compiled.
All of the information will be tracked in terms of date, time, geographic location etc and will therefore provide the possibility to track through daily, weekly, annual and other time cycles which might well be indicative of reactions and responses to major events.
Programming: Marcus Wilkinson, Relentless Results
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