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The Overlay explores the construction and artificiality of localised representations of nature, referencing Disney's "go away green”, a colour engineered to hide unsightly yet necessary objects in theme parks.

The colour green is widely used to represent nature, and also to camouflage. Inés Cámara Leret has collaborated with an AI processing engine fine-tuned on images of greenery and built environments to calculate the mathematical point at which green dominates for any place on Earth.

The film follows attempts at making hues tangible locally and the entanglements that arise in doing so. This first experiment generates a local green for a neighbourhood in Madrid, and then follows “Spain’s last living colourist” Antonio Sánchez, his craft in making this colour tangible, and uses of the calculated colour that evoke dialogue around spectacle.

The score is composed with the frequency and semitone of the colour green and blends direct recordings of birds with birdsong recreated using synthesisers.
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This digital interface allows anyone to find their localised hue for anywhere on Earth. Enter an valid address as "street, city" or "street house number, city" or just "city", to find your local ‘go away green’.
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In early 2021 I was confronted with the satellite view of Lavapiés, the neighbourhood I live in, in Madrid. Although technically I was looking at the place I call home, the image on my screen was one I did not recognise. A view from above: detached, flattened. It was as if someone had sliced the top of all my surroundings, rendering all the layers in between that led to my view at ground-level, as non-existent. This image was also mostly grey with little to no green to be seen.

Continue reading (-> download.pdf).

The Overlay is a multi-component artwork by Inés Cámara Leret. It is commissioned and produced by The New Real, at The University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh Futures Institute in partnership with the The Alan Turing Institute and funded by UKRI. This digital experience was built by Frank Reitberger, Prinzipiell Studio.

Special thanks to:
Antonio Sánchez, Paula Montaño Fernández Vega, Carmen Montaño Fernández Vega, Manuela Zalama Hermida, Drew Hemment, Matjaz Vidmar, Miriam Walsh, Clara Martínez Sanz, Tony Rodríguez, Álvaro Sanz Pascual, Diego Pou, Fanny Bergé, Carlos G Fernández, Gorka Atarés, Estudio Delicias Madrid, Manuel Varo, Yoiner Mendoza, Guillermo Lozano, ’Esta es Una Plaza’, Mario Antonioleti, Vaishak Belle, Jess Cartwright, Katherine Fabiola Baca Corrales, Kelly Cutshall, Ana Fernández-Vega Fernández, Julie Ann Fooshee, Keili Koppel, Sarah Mackinnon, Kacie Medvedik-Horn, Evan Morgan, Dagha Panas, Pedro Cámara Rupelo, David Sarmiento, Sohan Seth, Hector Zalama Tena, Isabel Leret Verdú.

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