Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Derek Beaulieu, "Local Colour"

Derek writes of his piece "Local Colour," from which you can see an excerpt below: "Local Colour is a page-by-page interpretation of Paul Auster’s 72–page novella Ghosts. Ghosts concerns itself with Blue, a private detective hired by a mysterious character named White to transcribe the actions of Black, a denizen of Brooklyn Heights. As Blue reports his findings, the reader becomes more aware of the intricate relationship between Black and White, and a tactile awareness of the role of colour spreads through the narrative. I've removed the entirety of Auster’s text, leaving only chromatic words—proper nouns or not—spread across the page as dollops of paint on a palette. What remains is the written equivalent of ambient music—words which are meant to seen but not read. The colours, through repetition, build a suspense and crescendo which is loosened from traditional narrative into a more pointillist construction."

1 comment:

  1. far out concept. and how musical it looks - reminds me of Morton Feldman's graph notation... I'll post a sample above.


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