Theo Burt – Colour Projections (Entr’acte) DVD ROM
Theo Burt is one half of The Automatics Group, whose Auto 17 12″ is one of the most intriguing pieces of electronic formalism in recent memory. Burt’s multimedia piece Colour Projections is available as a DVD ROM that (like all Entr’acte releases) comes packaged in a vacuum-sealed foil bag. Apparently, a regular DVD couldn’t render the video portion of the piece with satisfactory clarity, so it had to be delivered as a high-definition Flash video, which requires a reasonably powerful computer to play perfectly.
Clearly, Theo and Entr’acte have gone to some trouble to make this release as exquisite as it can possibly be. And with good reason – Colour Projections is a work of sheer brilliance, which reaches levels of ornate digital minimalism that a heavy hitter like Ryoji Ikeda or Carsten Nicolai could be proud of.
The concept is simple enough – colourful geometric shapes that rotate, pulse and transform in sympathy with modulating sine wave tones. The results are absolutely spellbinding. The extremely vivid rendering gives the whole presentation an uncannily hyper-real feeling – at once deliberately flat and hypnotically three-dimensional. Experienced on a big screen, at high volume, this could be pretty mind-bending.
Flex your grey matter: buy Colour Projections from the Entr’acte website.