DIVINE MONOCHROMES
2016
Full HD video | 16:9 | 10.40 min. | color | sound


“This parrot will tell you the lucky color of your rashee [name sign], which will be beneficial for you,” an Indian fortuneteller explains his companion animal’s special gift and function as a medium.

In four iterations of an unchanging procedure, the bird hovers over a stack of colored cards in white envelopes and picks combinations of eight auspicious hues from Le Corbusier's "keyboard of colours". These shades, derived by Le Corbusier from the history of art, were mixed from natural pigments, which makes his colour palette coherent in itself and therefore consistently allows for harmonious compositions in any combination. The parrot, as an incorruptible and unbiased medium and messenger of the Hindu goddess Minakshi, is entrusted with determining the outcome and the resulting work.

The colour combinations drawn ultimately serve as the source material for the production of four large-scale pigment prints, the Divine Monochromes.



Concept / Camera / Edited: Kay Walkowiak
Postproduction: Manuel Hartmann
Production Assistant: Tejinder Ahuja
Special Thanks: Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi
Supported by: Federal Chancellery of Austria