Fugue / Rebecca Bracewell and Sofie McClure
Fugue unfolds around a series of poetic exchanges in which we attempt to capture something inherently fleeting; a rainbow. Much like a musical fugue, the film has a polyphonic texture, stitching together letters, imagery, and sound. The letters were sent partially ‘incomplete’, leaving the other artist to respond either through sound or imagery. Led by our exploration of colour through memory, emotion, and perception, Fugue seeks to draw the viewer into a place of sensory curiosity. The desire to come closer to colour runs throughout the entire piece – to touch colour, to smell colour. Yet colour always appears to escape representation; imagery flickers across the screen and sound dissipates. Deriving from the Latin fuga (flight), ‘fugue’ shares an etymological root with the Latin words fugere and fugare, to flee and to chase. Revealing itself through light, colour resists being captured, it surrounds us and yet it always slips through our fingers. We reach for colour, in Goethe’s words, ‘not because it advances to us, but because it draws us after it’ (Theory of Colours, 1810).