Tachyons+ Transmits is a future memory on the underground realm of visual wizards by Logan Owlbeemoth of the glitch synth designers Tachyons+
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Lets delve deep into the unknown of Romania to the wonderful video crafting dimension of one woman named Irinia, artistically known as Color Nurse. For the past few years she has been crafting tasty music videos for her lover’s music act Tanz Ohne Music, among other projects.
Using a mix of computer FX and analog devices, the world she is creating quietly paints a unique land of dreamed out thoughtful darkness.
In a world filled with high budget video productions and fancy PR promotions, this is a refreshing reminder that all one needs is to patiently look under the rocks to find new tomes of creations of memorable eyeball massage. We sent her some questions to find whats happening behind this mask of color puzzles. First lets check out a brand new video painting by Color Nurse:
T+: What is Color Nurse?
CN: Color Nurse is my Sonic Youth age. During that time everything was related to Sonic Youth. Even the dirty colored collage visuals I used to do. At that time, the stage name sounded fit. Gradually, the visual style changed completely becoming more of what I am today. The visual change had 100% to do with the music I started to listen to. From post punk, noise, experimental and minimal wave to a lot of industrial (thanks to Dan/Tanz Ohne Musik), cold wave, minimal synth, dark ambient and more. There was also the Monochrome Nurse at some point, but that did not last for long. Most of my videos are black and white, so the Color in the Nurse has definitely changed.
T+: How is life in Romania and working in the field of experimental video art?
CN: Well… life in Romania is strange but since I live here I might as well try to enjoy it. As a tourist, one might find Bucharest a very exotic place to be in, but as a fellow citizen, you have to deal with a lot of superficiality in the system and on the streets. Romanian people like to judge others a lot and tend to forget themselves. Like everywhere, there are nice exceptions and when you find those exceptions you are happy they exist. The local experimental video stage I believe is here somewhere, there are of course artists that cover this area, but I personally don’t have much to say about it. Romanian experimental film festivals are not exactly what I have in mind when I think of experimental.
T+: What kind of video equipment do you use in your work?
CN: When I am making a video I edit and do most of the work in Premiere. If I need some extra nice looks on my footage, I sometimes go to After Effects or maybe Modul8. I use Modul8 on my live performances. I shot all my footage and I mainly use my iPhone. I also have a 8mm camera I wanna use for a long time, some video mixers from Tachyons+ (The Saturnizer & Rainbowonic) for extra touches and Videoscope from Critter & Guitari.
T+: What inspires you?
CN: As a visual artist that does a lot of music videos, I am inspired more by music than by other visuals. One of the few inspirational characters on the visual side is Philippe Garrel (Le Revelateur 1968). Others to come are Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Keneth Anger and many of the german underground artists of the 80s (Berlin Super 80). On the music side, there is no secret that Tanz Ohne Musik is for me a continuous source of inspiration. Tanz Ohne Musik and Color Nurse grew and changed together. We added a lot of meaning to ourselves and to our messages and complete each other on the way. Alone In The Hollow Garden (the ritual ambient side project of Tanz Ohne Musik) is also a nice challenge for me as it’s opening a new visual door, another kind of video approach, a deep sensitive walk into our inner realms. Other bands that inspire(d) me: Suicide, The Soft Moon, Malaria, Gudrun Gut, Gemeine Gesteine, Sonic Youth, PTV, Chris & Cosey, The Knife, Sleep Museum, Vortex Rikers and many others.
T+: What went behind the making of the new video being debuted here?
CN: Heart Eruption is part of the upcoming Tanz Ohne Musik album. I have a pretty clear visual idea of this album and this video is part of that. I am in a period in which I play a lot with image formats, lights and contrasts. Not that I didn’t do this before, but now it’s more honest and full of meaning. A song imprints an image on my mind, that image creates my dream, defines the feel, the mood and the message of that dream and carries out the video. I am not a fan of HD sharp crystal clear image. Never been one. I like the dirty image and the dark atmosphere that leaves place for magic and interpretation.
T+: What are the Color Nurse plans for the future?
CN: 2014 is a very intense and beautiful year, in which I intend to focus and direct most of my energies on my personal video projects, but not only. I am currently designing some lamps as I had this idea in mind for quite a while. And there are other surprises to come… Me and Dan have a lot of ideas to develop Red Cavity (Records). Between Our Body Shapes audio cassette was sold out in one month and a half and we are grateful for all the support we got. We plan to release more audio cassettes, DVD’s with video work and many more. I won’t tell everything here but as I said before this is and will be a year of developing personal projects. I am also opened to take commission video work, but the main condition is that I like that particular song I am offered to complete visually.
T+: Is Videodrome real?
CN: Of course it is. Everything we can conceive with our minds exists. It’s just a parallel space that you can reach only if you know how to bend time, that’s all.