Colorvm Natvrae Varietas

Remarks on Colour and Sound
Centrum for Metamedia Plasy / Center C3, Budapest

CD ROM by Miloš Šejn and Miloš Vojtěchovský


Mac/PC CD-ROM. Requires PowerPC, 16bit color and sound, QuickTime 4.

This CD Rom-electronic encyclopaedia is dedicated to the investigation of phenomenology and the magic of nature, of the eye's ability to distinguish colours, and of the qualities of memory and reason to understand and denominate the visible and audible. It is conceived as a labyrinth as well as an archive of typologies and exceptions of chromatics, morphology and soundscapes,  of nature hidden in the internal landscape of the microcosm of the artist’s personal collection. Further it is also a document of an intensive experience of the space between sound and colour, movement, written text and spoken word. It maps and represents an artist's years-long devotion to nature and to the observation of colour palettes and the morphology of events and objects. It is a diary of losing oneself in the landscape and, as well, an inquiry into the book of landscapes and the landscapes of the book. It shows the traces of, the physical contact with and a record of the changeability of the surface and core of things. It brings out the sounds of listening to colours and the perception of tonal value, voices out in the landscape as well as their resonance in imagination.

The menu consisting of nine coloured areas is the starting point from which you can go into the layers of the next book by a single click. Latin titles of the chapters appear above the menu. Adjustment of volume is enabled using the twig located in the bottom right corner (we recommend using earphones). The next chapters can be accessed directly using the icons below the coloured rectangles, and also via the second menu consisting of object icons. Each chapter is focused on one of the following fifteen topics:

Colours / Sounds / Places / Words / Micro- and Macrocosms / Topography / Perception of the Coloured Bodies / Elements / Perception of the Elements / "Exact" Perception of Colour / Colour Interactions / Colour Theory and Synaesthesia / "Coloured Life" Interview / The Artist / Index.
Passing through the layers on the CD-ROM is activated with the cursor movement (RollOver), single click (MouseUp) or the cursor movement with a pressed mouse button (RollOver MouseDown). A majority of the elements available in the screen area is active and it is only upon your decision which direction you will take from the start. The bottom icon (or its variations which have to be found) is used to return to the starting menu. You can leave the programme at any time by the Control(Command)-Q keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the pear icon in the left bottom corner in the basic menu.

— Miloš Vojtěchovský, 1999

Production credits: CDROM Colorum was conceived in 1998–1999 as a result of the cooperation between the artist, the Centre for Metamedia in Plasy and the Centre for Culture and Communication "C3" in Budapest.

Design and concept: Miloš Šejn, Miloš Vojtěchovský
programming in Lingo Macromedia Director: Robert Langh, Miloš Šejn
Production, Assistance, Sound Advisor: Miloš Vojtěchovský
texts: Miloš Vojtěchovský, Václav Cílek, Pavlína Morganová, Miloš Šejn
translations: Jo Williams, Simona Mehnert, Vera Chase, Simon O'Flynn, Osamu Okamura, Daniel Morgan, Hynek Zlatník.

booklet layout: Hedvika Moravcová
tisk / printed by: GTA.s.r.o.

published by: C3 Budapest

distributed by:
Miloš Šejn, Jičín, the Czech Republic;
C3 – Centre for Culture and Communication, Budapest;
Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague.

The CD ROM was part of the exhibition on the WRO festival in 2000 and it was as well "performed" at the cafe9 project in NOD during the serie Strange Gaze,
CAFE9 / ROXY, Prague October 18th 2000 / 25:47

A complex performance on the interstice of performance, theatre, processual installation, concert and VJ movie. Miloš Šejn – sound performance with objects and colours / Miloš Vojtěchovský – CD Rom Col. Nat. Varietas scratch / Martin Alacam – electric guitar / Markus Godwyn – percussion / Michal Kořán – samples.

web emulation: thanks to Jonáš Svatoš and Digital lab NFA in Prague.
>>>> user:hermit
>>>> psw: plasy

Prague 2019