Colour Occurrence is a text work, linking colour as interpreted in spoken language with Twitter. The project randomly selects a colour from our database, that’s constructed out of colours named by our online contributors worldwide. They associate a word or phrase with a colour of their choice. The database becomes a personal, current and multilingual “spoken language” colour library. When a colour is selected, a Twitter search is performed for tweets containing this colour’s name and live tweets are displayed, generating a cross among international cyber communities. Since in a city there are endless, disjointed encounters of people, we find the twitter language a relevant language to merge with the cityscape.


Colour Occurrence by Ann Oren and Zevan Rosser © Ann Oren and Zevan Rosser


Artist biography

Collaborators: Massimo Avvisati, Sebastian Pfaller and Tamara Acosta.

Ann Oren
Video installation artist, born in Tel-Aviv, lives and works in Brooklyn. Received her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Her work has been shown in The Hammer Museum, LA, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, PS122, NY, The State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow, Taller Boricua, NY, 4CULTURE, Seattle, The Bluecoat, Liverpool and APEXART, NY.

Zevan Rosser
Zevan, born in NY, lives and works in Brooklyn, is a computer artist and programmer. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. He works as a freelance designer, programmer and consultant for design firms and ad agencies in NYC. Rosser is a professor of Computer Art at The School of Visual Arts and the co-author of Learning Actionscript 3.0: A Beginner's Guide [O'Reilly].