The Company of Colours

Shadow Box 9
"The Company of Colours" is the ninth piece in the Shadow Box series of interactive displays with a built-in computerized tracking system. This piece shows a live surveillance camera view constructed out of a palette of named colour swatches that can be rendered by contemporary computers. Every few minutes the piece automatically switches to show the live view constructed with a variety of culturally-significant colour palettes from computer and videogame history, including the 4 shades of green of the original Nintendo Gameboy, the eight colours of teletext, and the sixteen colours of the Commodore 64, the Apple II and the ZX Spectrum. The piece emphasizes the limited gamut of colour rendering possible with computers and the way this limitation creates styles of representation.
Name in spanish: La Compañía de los Colores
Year of Creation: 2009
Technique: High resolution interactive display with built-in computerized surveillance system
Dimensions: 104,5 x 80 x 12 centimeters
Edition: 6 copies + 1 AP
Keywords: database, indoor, projection, interactive, tracker.
Collections: Private collectors
Photo library (click to expand)
2011 - La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
2010 - ARCO '10, Haunch of Venison, Madrid, Spain
2009 - Haunch of Venison, New York City, New York, United States



  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - concept and direction
  • Stephan Schulz - programming
  • Pierre Fournier, David Lemieux, Conroy Badger - production support