A Body Of Colours
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A Body Of Colours

Our “hustle all day, everyday” routine takes us to places filled with thousands of different colours every day. But, have you ever stopped, observed and felt colours with your entire body?

We generally aren’t conscious of the many colours that surround us. Which is why artists such as Emmanuelle Moureaux and Quintessenz are changing the way we experience colour through their art, one space at a time.

Emmanuelle Moureaux; a Tokyo-based architect believes that if she hadn’t visited Tokyo 23 years ago, her work wouldn’t be what it is today. When she first arrived in Tokyo, she stood overwhelmed by the thousands of colours she remembered seeing, floating in the Japanese cityscape, which completely changed her perspective of the country. It was unlike the subtle European greys she was used to.

“It was as if I saw colour for the first time”

Inspired by that moment, she decided to move to Tokyo where she developed the design approach called “100 colours” which she now applies to every project, whether it’s creating buildings, interiors or art installations. She combines layers of colours inspired by Tokyo and traditional Japanese shōji; space dividers made out of translucent paper and bamboo. She aims to recreate her initial experience of the city, so others can feel what she did.

Perhaps Emmanuelle’s tremendous installations come closest. They are immersive, interactive and colour-induced jolts to the system.

“I want people to feel colour with their entire body”

Check out some of her insanely cool work with the 100 colours project here.

And Moureaux is not the only one bringing buildings and spaces to life with her design approach, the boys of Quintessenz have been creating magnificent installations that are a feast for the eyes. Focusing on how colours come across in their works, the Hanover and Berlin-based artists convert spaces and alter the viewer’s perspective, delivering a unique encounter with each visit. For Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic, it’s all about the process of creation than about the final result. They work with old factory buildings and abandoned ruins as their canvases, for their installations that interfere in contrast with these environments.

Kagkatikas Secret – Quintessenz from Quintessenz on Vimeo.

Their most recent work “Kagkatikas Secret” is the perfect example of this approach; hundreds of sheets of spray-painted fabric in a 400-year-old Greek building. Suspended into rows, the layers of fabric floating in the wind, transforming the ancient space. The installation appears pixelated at first glance as though it’s computer-generated but, it stands out against the desaturated colours of the stone walls surrounding it. This way the duo aims to create a link between the digital world and reality. They want the viewer to “experience a melting moment between analogue and digital,” a moment that is made without the use of artificial light or angles, yet often seems ethereal and unreal. Check out some of their recent work here.

So the next time you’re backpacking across Europe or visiting Tokyo or wherever you are, make sure you look out for mesmerizing “installations” of colours and stop to experience them.

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