Creative expression of moving images using the interaction between emotion and hue

- A case of <peacock > the moving image work.



Dong Siyuan, Yonguk LEE


Tokyo Polytechnic University

2-9-5 Nakanoku Hontyo

Tokyo, Japan






  Hue is the primary characteristic of the color, which can be used as an abstract way of expressing emotion. Especially in the moving image works, it can express people's sub consciousness. The word hue is often used in the study of chromatics and optics, and it is scarce in the expression of emotional and subconscious visual information. From the perspective of visual information and psychological emotion, this paper takes the work Peacock as the research object, and explores the significance of the use of colors in the works of image devices to the psychological activities of people in space.



Keywords- hue; subconsciousness; image device


1. The use of color in the image installation works


  Three elements of color are hue, saturation and transparency. Any color that the human eye sees is the integrated effect of these three characteristics. Images can be recorded intuitively or expressed abstractly. Visual information has more impact than text information. It has been 40 years since the film was born on December 28, 1895, until the color film Vanity World was published in 1935. But in the image, works until now, many artists are exploring the use of black and white and color hue.


1.1 Pipilotti Rist and her color world

 Pipilotti Rist is a very active international female artist. She is always full of wonders and eternal feelings about the world around her, just like her works being full of childhood fantasies, distorted picture composition and dazzling color use; she blends sensory pictures, music and words together to create some fascinating installation works.

  Inpepperminta, I think she summed up all her personal styles. Image, music and behavior art are integrated together. Although it was filmed in 2009, I still think I saw more fresh elements in Pipilotti rist's films than in today's popular films. I am fascinated by the control of the color of the lens under the lens of Pipilotti rist. It was once said that men were very good at grasping lines, and women were very good at grasping colors, which is no longer an exaggeration in Pipilotti's works. The use of color without scruples, colorful characteristics give people the absolute visual impact. Flowers are often used in her works, and the use of flowers is highly symbolic of women. (Fig. 1)


Fig. 1: scene inpepperminta


  Pipilotti loves to make actors appear in nude form. In the movie "pepperminta," the heroine jumped into the pool as a child wrapped in towels and grew up naked in her own bathtub. Pipilotti used the turn of the scene in water to express pepperminta's growth. Nudity seems to be the original form of human beings, just like we were just born and naked. Once people wear clothes, they have social, religious or other labels.

  Pipilotti's work, from the picture to the music, conveys a strong hallucinatory color, as if the general drug, which I think is a very attractive point in her work. The connection of pictures in her works; the way of lens composition is full of surprises. "Messages delivered through emotional and sensory stimuli change people's prejudices and patterns of behavior, and they will be far more powerful than countless books and articles," she said in an interview with her. To a certain extent, she did this. Her work really conveys a more powerful force than words in a visual way.


Prepare Camera-Ready paper in full size format, on A4 size or 8 1/2” x 11” (215.9 mm x 279.4 mm) paper.


2. Experimental-a case of Video Installations “Peacock”


2.1 Equipment and software


Camera: SONY A7S2FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM.

Sound recordingSONY UWP-D11.


            Final Cut Pro / Logic Pro X.


            Four-channel videocolorsound,four monitors,four      Acrylic case.

Length of time

8:00 min.


2.2 the work of “Peacock”


  The theme of <peacock > is to explore equality between the opposite sex and the same sex. In early stage, she thought about many creation methods. Pipilotti rist and Bill Viola gave me a lot of inspiration for the use of color in their early works.

  The <Peacock> consists of four monitors, each of which is briefly described below.


Fig. 2: contents of 4 screens

Birth (Upper left)/interview (upper right)/ opposite sex (lower left)/same sex (lower right)


Screen 1: figure 2 birth (upper left)

The process of birth is described by the combination of the motility of the sperm in a realistic medical examination and the expression of the motility of the sperm in the image. Until 6:00 are like the black and white picture, six minutes later I used their own childhood image as a manifestation of the birth of life, where the picture used a slightly orange design, with warm color to convey the value and beauty of life.


Fig. 3.1 excerpt of birth

Fig. 3.2 excerpt of birth


Fig. 3.3 excerpt of birth


Screen 2: figure 2 interview (upper right)

  The screen in the middle of the work shows the views of heterosexual, homosexual and other groups on love. Using interviews to present different people's ideas about love and marriage, I chose not to do too much color processing in the picture color.



Fig. 4.1 excerpt of interview     Fig. 4.2 excerpt of interview


Fig. 4.3 excerpt of interview     Fig. 4.4 excerpt of interview


Screen3/4: figure 2 opposite sex (lower left)/same sex (lower right)

  Screens 3 and 4 are at the bottom of the work, and the images of heterosexual and homosexual love are on an equal footing, which is what I want to express, no matter what form, love deserves respect. The picture of heterosexual love and homosexual love is contrasted with black and red.


Fig. 5.1 excerpt of heterosexuality

Fig. 5.2 excerpt of homosexuality


  Here the choice of color first corresponds to the story line in the screenplay version, followed by the strong contrast between black and red impact, the image of the virtual adjustment of the two forms of love.


3. Result


  Image installation "Peacock" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum of Japan from August 14 to 21, 2018 [21st JAALA International Exchange Exhibition] (Fig. 6)

  Image installation "Peacock" at the Iwaki City, Fukushima from August 26 to September 23, 2018 [Art Meeting 2018田人の森に遊ぶ] (Fig. 7/8)


Fig. 6 scene of [21st JAALA International Exchange Exhibition]

Fig. 7 scene of [Art Meeting2018 田人の森に遊ぶ]1

Fig. 8 scene of [Art Meeting2018 田人の森に遊ぶ]2


4. Conclusion


  This paper discusses the interaction of hue and emotion in Pipilotti Rist's works, and then briefly describes the expression of hue and emotion in my image installation work Peacock. Through the transmission of visual information of different hues, we can achieve more interpretation of people's potential psychological and spiritual world, and play a homosexual role in arousing our hearts.




[1] The Expanse of Imaging Device for Space. Zhang Bin, Wang Ruomu.1003-0069(2016)02-0068-02.Dalian University of Technology/School of Architecture Fine Art.

[2] The Color of Your Socks A Year with Pipilotti Rist. A film by Michael Hegglin.2009.