Cem Çakmak / Turquia
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
RGB|Gate is an audiovisual installation utilizing the perceptual difference between the human eye and digital cameras. Using “super high-frequency lighting”, transparent crystals are illuminated with seemingly white and stable light, but when observed with a camera, a color composition is revealed. Using additive mixing, selected combinations of colors are turned on and off thousands of times every second, yielding a static white light when observed with the naked eye. Seen through a digital camera, however, due to lower frame rate and image rendering, the hidden combinations are unveiled as kinetic bands of color. Running the digital image through software, the detected colors are further interpreted as sonic events and diffused in a stereo field, generating a “hidden” composition sourced out of light itself.