HAPPENINGText: Christina Merl

Color Space e-basis, Bertl Mutter, composer, Vienna, 2003

“Colour is visible light. This light becomes space – Colour Space. In the Colour Space your body turns into light, Into immaterial colour – on the move.” – Victoria Coeln, 2003

Since the early nineties Victoria Coeln‘s work has focused on light, colour and space. The Austrian-born light artist makes use of the exciting dialectic between the material and the immaterial to develop physically visible works that initially reside in the pure experience of the moment.

Color Space e-basis, Bertl Mutter, composer, Vienna, 2003

Coeln’s “colour spaces” are the photographic traces of intense communication in a space filled with coloured light – monochromatically painted colour slides placed in front of projectors form rectangular, immaterial images. Through layering and additive colour mixture these images appear very bright, almost white.

Color Space e-basis, Tulga Beyerle, Vienna, 2003

The actual colour space – invisibly filled with immaterial color – is located between the projectors and the projection surface. It first becomes visible and may be experienced when we enter it. The image that has so far remained untouched is thus animated by polychromatic shadows. The visitor opens a sensual world of interplay and encounter – with colour light and shadow moving in infinite variation between real delineation and abstract ornamentation. Time and space don’t exist any more. Instead, a new dimension of visual perception opens itself from the inner self in a moving projection. Documentation of this interplay makes us feel the intensity of players’ interaction within the colour space, but at the same time they develop a quality in themselves and can thus be read as independent works.

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