Video Installation, Collage, Colour Chart | 2014
Nomadic Glow is the name of a shade of domestic wall paint. This blueish-white paint, when compared with Mongolian nomadic naming system for horse’s coat
colors, was found to be called ‘Tsenhker’ in Mongolian.The project Nomadic Glow attempts to record—in a deliberately limited, schematic fashion—the elaborate
naming system that nomadic herdsman use to identify each individual horse in their herd, which is based on their nuanced perception of horse coat colors.
When visiting the Mongolian Steppe, I brought with me a range of industrial paint color chips and invited Hyesou—a local nomadic herdsman—to match the
horses in his herd through this limited selection of paint colors. There are over 200 terms in Mongolian language specific to horses’ coat color; the language has
fragmented and evolved so that each member of a large herd of horses can be identified primarily by color and markings. This precision and the herders’ nuanced
perception of color, are the result of the intimacy between man and animal and their bond within this specific landscape and way of life. The color of any particular
horse in Hyseou’s herd is differentially defined in relation to those of its cohort, and so the naming system has evolved to create ever more precise gradations of
color to distinguish each horse from its companions. To add to the complexity, the colors of this particular herd can also only be understood in relation to shifting
perceptions of color and light in Mongolia’s Orkhan Valley.