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The Optical Color Mixer

2009
Interactive Object

Modified CD Player, Remote Control, 12 Discs


Inspired by the Bauhaus optischer Farbmischer toy, I worked with the concept of mixing colors. By researching the color concepts of Johannes Itten, I decided to take the color mixture to the next level. By reworking the mechanical system of a portable CD player, I was able to create a new color mixing device. It works by pressing two buttons- one to start it, the other to regulate the spin. The patterns become different shapes and colors. Sometimes it is surprising how warm colors, for instance mix with cool colors to make warm colors. I created orange that has green and blue in it! Depending on the speed, the colors mix at different rates. The proportions of the colors are also important for judging the spinning results.

There are twelve exchangeable CDs with different patterns.

 

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