Is a three minute animated feature that uses the dome as a virtual art gallery to explore the existential theories and artwork, of Bauhaus primary course artist, Johannes Itten.
Itten was a controversial character, and often overshadowed by other Bauhaus artist like Albers and Kandinsky. Itten research into color theory is still thought in graphic design. The dome takes some of his sketches and paintings off the page and into a 4-demenentional environment, so that the viewer can experience the colors and forms from all around. He believed that colors and shapes were much more then the fundamental elements of art and design, but also had esoteric properties -like how colors relate to astrology, sexuality and the elements. Itten dealt with the relationships of the colors, as well with shapes through out his carrier. He theorized on how colors tie to ones astrological sign, and how colors complement and contrast one and other.
Itten wrote, “The Colors are for the painter are at first a very simple thing, but how it actually works is even for the complicated thinking man too complicated to comprehend. And for the painter, when he is given a color, he thoughtlessly paints with it.”
This animation takes works like his color star, which he intended to be a ball, and lets one view it from its intended perspective. Other works of his, which were drawn in circular form, are then stretched out over the 180-degree view plane of the dome.
This animation is not only an exploration into his artwork, but also a journey into Itten’s beliefs about color and space. “My symbols, my mythology, are the forms and colors. The blue, and yellow, and red men, the yellow animals, the blue birds, the white fox, the light summer, and dark winter.” -Stated Itten in his sketchbook.
This film was given an honorable mention at the International Fulldome Awards, and was screened at Wolfsburg Dome360 Festival.
Music by Martin Kohlstedt.