Sept 19 2022
Colour Time Verse

I’m really excited to share two new Colour Time works I’ve been developing for an upcoming show with Verse in London.

Colour Time Sync is a 20 minute long live-generated colour sequence, which uses clock time to synchronize the work for all viewers, allowing viewers in the gallery and online to inhabit the same temporal frame.

Colour Time Generative derives from Colour Time Sync colour data. Instead of animating it through time, Generative draws the data across time as a gradient. There is no fixed size for this generative collection - instead, as the pieces are minted, the gradient expands. Each buyer owns a section of a continuum, which is constantly shifting until the sale closes. 

At the core of this series of work is a fascination with the passage of time; an attempt to replicate the imperceptible flow of time. As we can see the effects of time as dust gathering in a corner, change in Colour Time becomes evident as optical effects - complementary colour after-images creating colours that are not there, blurred edges of form and colour. 

These works both play with time - in Sync, the binding to time turns the colour series into a sort of abstract timepiece. In Generative, the indicators of this timepiece are flattened into an two-dimensional representation, a dense gradient where time maps from left to right.

This gradient is then split using a novel generative sale mechanism - each token represents a slice of the whole gradient, and with each new sale the gradient expands. Expanding the decisive moment of a generative sale, both the buyer and the market become co-creators of the works. 

I’ve made a video walkthrough of the two projects - jump to 1m40s for generative intro.


Below are some outputs from the Generative system, which will on display in the gallery. The numbers in the titles indicate the token ID and hypothetical collection size. 


In a standard generative release, the decisive moment occurs during minting, a quick roll of the dice determining the output. In Colour Time Generative the seed of randomness is the market as a collective force, turning not just minter but also market in co-creators of the work.

The output of a generative work derives value from its relation to the larger generative series - rarity and aesthetics are judged in relation to the collection as a whole. This generative series embodies this relationship, with each piece together forming a continuous band of colour. 

The works will go on sale Sept 28th at 6:30 pm GMT, 1:30pm EST, and the sale will be open for four days until Oct 1. Colour Time Sync will be sold as an auction during that time.

More on the show: https://verse.works/journal/from-digital-to-physical-verse-live-at-no-9-frieze-cork-street