THOMPSON HARRELL

The Color Project

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MPC New York and I were invited to contribute a generative artwork for the Media Center’s high profile launch. ‘The Color Project’ is part of an ongoing R&D concept created by myself and MPC Digital and the launch piece remains on show at the center as one of five permanent installations.

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP brings together innovators across creative industries and is dedicated to defining and championing the future of digital storytelling. The space empowers artists by connecting them to resources and audiences with the aim of evolving their art.

‘The Color Project’ focuses on exploring narratives through color, line, and form found in geographic satellite imagery. This implementation of the project highlights the locations from many of the films that have been championed by IFP.

The formal motifs of each film location are explored in the form of a grid of 162 globes. In beautifully synchronicity, each view first plunges from space, coming to a stop on a single color in the landscape, creating a place-specific mosaic. Hopping from one location to the next, the piece reveals the character of Bogotá, Colombia (Maria Full of Grace), Cleveland, New York City, Florida (Stranger than Paradise), Vietnam and Virginia (The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers), among others, while also drawing attention to the contrast between the locations.

The piece utilizes Google Earth, and custom software programmatically records the geographical features of each location, which are presented on an impressive wall of 27 HD screens.
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source: thompsonharrell

Thompson is an independent creative based in Soho, New York City, where he splits his time between integrated, high-level concept work for brands, social innovation and conceptual art.

Most recently, as Creative Director, Thompson led the brand development and all marketing efforts for the tech startup Skillshare, a community marketplace revolutionizing how the world learns. While there, he grew the company over seven hundred percent and Skillshare was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.

Previously, he was a creative at BBH New York and independently worked at some of the world’s top advertising agencies creating work for Levi’s, Johnnie Walker, Axe, LG, Miller Lite and NYC & Co. The most notable being the “Spread the Cheer” holiday campaign for Office Max featuring Elf Yourself which still ranks as one of the top viral campaigns of all time. More recently, Thompson created work for Coldplay’s latest album and live concert event which broke YouTube’s viewership record at 20M, crashing both YouTube and Twitter in the process.

He is also co-founder of The Starving Artists Project, an initiative bringing a voice to NYC’s homeless. His work has been featured in every major advertising award show as well as CNN, Good Morning America, The NY Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly’s The Must List and VH1’s Best Week Ever. He also had a self-initiated exhibit at the MET, avoiding capture.