Throughout the twelve month residency at the London Printworks Trust, Greinke’s research-led and laboratory approach to studio practice helped her to develop CHROME (live) ©, a system of working with screen print and sound that is both a developmental process and a tool, and which leads to an extensive live performance.
CHROME (live) uses colour chromatography to create hybrid prints. This is achieved by printing onto fabrics and papers, then soaking them in water over an extended period of time. Slowly, the prints diffuse into their constituent parts creating brilliantly colourful new images.
The process is monitored by a web camera and is synthesized through a processing code which converts the printed and diffused images into RGB values. According to the quantity of red, green and blue pixels, different sounds can be heard to play. The process can take up to 12 hours for an A2 size print.
Supported by the London Printworks Trust‘s Surface Bursary Scheme, 2009-2010, funded by the Leverhulme Trust
Code: Eric Brotto
Photos: Cléon Daniel
Soundbox: Chris Nyampeta
CHROME (live) made its debut during a one-day workshop at London Printworks Trust in October 2010, where eight participants with varied experience of textile print were introduced to Greinke’s system.
Unlike conventional textile print – which aims to fix pigments and dyes into the fabric in order to make them washable, during this workshop participants experimented with different types of binders, including ones with a flour base, that do not fix the pigments and therefore allow the colour chromatography process to run its course.
Participants selected one large scale sample that underwent the full CHROME (live) experiment. The sample was mounted into a specially constructed box and carefully filmed in order to draw out the unique sound created by its own particular colour spectrum.
This process encouraged participants to think about textile print in a different way and to try unconventional yet simple techniques.…