eduardo morais: words and thoughts in rgb.

Even though it’s a scientific fact, there’s one reality about colour that, to me, is one of the most beautiful realities in the universe: white light isn’t the absence of colour, but rather the presence of them all. We can be blinded to see only one at a time, but the birth and basis of every hue is white.

One of my favourite quotes fits into this idea. Da Vinci once said “For those colours you wish to be beautiful, always first prepare a pure white ground.”

The essence of how colour works is like poetry unto itself. I imagine the journey of light is like all nature’s cycles: rain falls into the ocean until it rises again as cloud, the air we exhale is breathed in by plants and made vital to us once again. Perhaps each colour yearns to find itself whole once more. No matter how we refract and split and dye it, those hues are constantly searching to realign into the pure whiteness of their creation. Their destiny is to find themselves together again.

I’ve found a film that merges the science and poetry of colour together. Portugese filmmaker Eduardo Morais has summed up how colour works beautifully in his short “Words and Thoughts in RGB”. Though interestingly scientific, the film also explores our psychological relationship with colour and how, even though we are all dramatically emotional impacted by colour, we have no real way of measuring if we’re all seeing the same thing.

“Words and Thoughts in RGB” has deservedly won a whole bunch of awards, and besides being a film-maked Morais is also a kick-ass blogger. He’s got a wickedly funny and socially relevant take on art, life, technology and more at his blog, If Then Else.

Via evasèe


  1. Krista says:

    I love your words and how they make everything seem beautiful. You have true talent as an artisit because you seem to have to ability to make everything art…. even if the film, exhibit or ad you are describing doesn’t capture my attention, it is your words of description that I am excited to read, because often I am left feeling as though I just walked through some of the most exisite museums in the world…. like I have witnessed art at it’s finest. I hope you continue to be humbled by the pieces that move you always…. it is refreshing and inspiring.
    I am brought back to another quote that you once posted, not of yours, but it stayed with me…. “Poetry is one of the destinies of speech… One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language. The words of the world want to make sentences” …. I like that you give the words a vehicle to the poetry. Thanks.

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