– By Jane Paul (Community Programme Manager, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)
At the age of 100, video artist, painter and sculptor Michael Nicholson has written a book! Due to be published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa in November, Visual Language Games documents his life’s work.
In 2008, the Film Archive (as Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was then known) exhibited Michael’s Visual Music Project, stages 1, 2 and 3 (pictured above). This production used the raw material from his 1977 work, using a Scanimate video synthesiser which – interfaced with a computer – added colour and movement to scanned-in artworks. Read the Visual Music Project exhibition essays here.
The first stage of this project was developed while he was an artist-in-residence at an Australian College for Advanced Education. Thirty years after its inception, Michael, with assistance from archive employee Diane McAllen, edited the footage to create Visual Music Project, stages 1, 2 and 3. This work takes colour and shape to generate a symphony of colour equivalent to that of music.
Visual Music Project, stages 1, 2 and 3 is held in the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.