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Galerie La Patinoire Royale Bach

24.05 - 27.07.2024

the language of colour, the colour of language

”Our ordinary language has no means for describing a particular shade of colour. Thus it is incapable of producing a picture of this colour.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, The grammar of colour

In the beginning there was a simple idea: to permute the letters of colour names to obtain another one: blue + magenta = augmentable. However, crossing words is not the same as mixing colours. Consequently, this antagonism contributes to the long and dualistic relationship between the visual and the written, between the image and the language. In order to accomplish this result, a database of colour names was set up, and an algorithm was written to mix all the names, while simultaneously querying in a dictionary of possible/existing words. After months of calculations, trillions of permutations, thousands of words were generated, all of them adding new meanings to the etymology and polysemy of colours. The archive is a colour theory deduced from language, proposing a unity between the image and the word, between the emotional/perceptual and the logical/conceptual.

- Wortmischungen *archive
- Mariatheresiengelb
- Eigenlicht
- ultravioletten
- sublimerais
- reinblau | aubergine

Manuel Abendroth, Jérôme Decock, Thibaut Drouillon

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