So the big idea for Unit 2 is a colour clock.
I’m not gonna make one anymore, although I could, and that was the idea at first
The most famous example of the colour clock can be found in the form of a website by Jack Hughes, which in fact holds the url ‘thecolourclock.co.uk’.
There are several copycat websites, and even one that will show you exactly how to write the very few lines of HTML and CSS, a language used almost exclusively for website design, and its styling sub-sect.
Here’s the crux though – after I figured out that it was simple to turn the three values of HH:MM:SS (Hour Hour: Minute Minute: Second Second) into RR:GG:BB (Red Red: Green Green: Blue Blue), there was something really alluring, if a little frustrating about the original Jack Hughes Website – it didn’t make sense. I couldn’t figure out how Jack had turned the three time values into colour values and therefore one colour.
I started working at it, explaining the foundation, the system, and the possible ways one could translate time to colour.
I started collating all of this in an InDesign Document, thinking that the book would act as a nice accompaniment to the clock, however it was presented.
This project really excited me, so I was explaining it to people the whole time – class mates, friends, people I met in bars; it was ridiculous. I started to realise that I liked explaining it to people in person more than I did in print.
Then I had a brilliant tutorial with Jennet. I showed her the document I was working on, and explained to her the concept, but it felt a little like I was just playing about with the whole thing, and I was going to have to knuckle down and do some art at some point. She told me that the most interesting part was my interest in the translation, and hearing me passionately explaining the whole thing – and assured me that that was a valid practice, introducing me to the terms ‘performance lecture’ and ‘performative research’.
I also felt I needed to finish translating, or decide exactly how I was going to turn the time values into colour values, but I was again reassured that it was legitimate to not finish. Moreover, there was no end, the beauty and the interest in the project was in the yearning, and the trying and striving.
In the end, no matter when I decide to drop the thread of this project, it’s sparked my interest in systems, and translation, as well as done something to curtail my inclination to try and “finish” everything.
This has been great.