Behind the scenes
Because not everything has to stay the same.
Automated Colour Field (Variation 4), Rebecca Baumann's constantly changing colour grid in the Gallery's Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker exhibition down at ArtBox is unexpectedly hypnotic. I've found (ironically, I guess) that you can lose track of the minutes spent watching the cards - powered by 44 old school flip-clocks - gently and unpredictably flip over, creating random and often very beautiful colour combinations. Though its movement is subtle and almost silent, it put me in mind of the frenetic arrivals/departures boards at airports, of which the one at Frankfurt airport is a surprising and vaguely disturbing example. Who, for instance, wants to get on a plane bound for 'LONDON - DEATHROW'?
In its meditative feel, Baumann's work (which has recently (hooray!) been acquired by the Gallery) has much more in common with another work in the Collection - Hannah and Aaron Beehre's projection JS.02.03 'The Hedge' (2003), in which computer-generated leaves fall in reponse to sound - visitors' voices, clapping, finger-snapping, even song (hey, it's happened...).
Automated Colour Field (Variation 4), which was created especially for Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker, will be on view at ArtBox, on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets, until 28 September.