This video is a demo of my Dynamic Color Fields video installation piece.

Dynamic Color Fields is influenced by the historical art movement of Color Fields. The Color Field style was derived from other abstract avenues of art, and began during the 1940s and remained prominent through the 1960s. The notable features of this style of painting were the large fields of solid color, which were often represented as flat on the canvas.

The Max patch is designed to emulate the Color Field works of artists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Much of Rothko’s work featured two or three larger fields of color, which varied in hue and size across the canvas. Newman’s work on the other hand featured long stripes overlaid on a solid color background, which he described as “zips”.

Dynamic Color Fields represents both of these styles in a completely generative manner and can be played indefinitely. There is also musical element to the piece, which works to facilitate the images being generated on-screen while simultaneously playing a part in producing them. When the notes are triggered it sends new values to the x and y of the resample object in the patch. This in turn creates the number of blocks seen in the visualization, with higher numbers eventually resulting in more zips, and lower numbers creating a more Rothko like canvas focusing on only a few fields.

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