A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE EMOTIONAL RELATION OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY
Related parties: CSM MACD, Royal Shakespeare Company
"Twelfth Night"; (or, "What You Will"), is a theatrical play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1600. In this comedy, characters are related with complex ways and they get themselves in really bizarre situations creating an amazing network of relationships. In an attempt to illustrate this emotional mesh, Coloured Water uses five tanks, each one representing an act and all together the overall play. Each character is represented by a unique color which is poured into a tank according to the act, scene and time spent on character.
The relations of the colors in the tanks represent the emotional relationships of the characters in the play. The five acts are demonstrated simultaneously in order to offer an overview of the play. The spread, the amount and the speed of every color is based on the emotional intensity axis and the whole process is controlled by the liquids' chemical composition.
Regarding the technical part of the installation, a system of motorized syringes controlled by a microcontroller releases the colors in high precision. The transparent liquid in the tanks is consisted of water, alcohol and emulsifiers while colors are made of a combination of acrylics, water and gelatine. Great thanks to Nikolas Mouzakis (pharmacist) for his research and contribution defining the appropriate chemical composition of liquids.
Coloured Water was presented at Recoding Shakespeare, an MACD exhibition hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company between August and September 2012.