PERCEPTION OF COLOUR
Andrew Hanson Colour Psychophysicist
National Physical Laboratory
David Batchelor Artist
Dr Sheena Calvert Chair
Psychophysicist Andrew Hanson and artist David Batchelor explored the perception of colour from the perspectives of two very different practices.
David's work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs, paintings and drawings, and mostly relates to a long term interest in colour and urbanism. His talk will look at aspects of colour and the city - and colour and darkness in particular.
Andrew Hanson is a psychophysicist at the National Physical Laboratory specialising in the measurement of colour. His talk will highlight what scientists think colour is, how we specify and measure it, and the variety of its perception in different environmental and observer conditions.
Chairperson Dr Sheena Calvert's knowledge of colour brings a further perspective, having studied colour systems at Yale University, and she is interested in its philosophical aspects.
David is an artist and writer based in London. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1955. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1975-78), and Cultural Theory at Birmingham University (1978-80). He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, Asia. Recent exhibitions include Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh/Spike Island, Bristol (2013/14); Magic Hour, Gemeentmuseum, The Hague (2012); Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Backlights, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, (2008); Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009); Unplugged, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2007); Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); the Biennial de Santiago, Chile (2005); Shiny Dirty, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); the 26th Bienal De São Paulo (2004); Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); and Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London (2003).
Chromophobia, Batchelor’s book on colour and the fear of colour in the West, was published by Reaktion Books, London, in 2000 and is now available in eight languages. His new book on colour, The Luminious and the Grey, is also published by Reaktion Books in February 2014. Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on colour from 1850 to the present, edited by Batchelor, is published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. His book of photographs, Found Monochromes: vol.1, nos.1-250 (2010), is published by Ridinghouse, London. His other book, Minimalism, was published by Tate Publications in 1997, and he has written many catalogue essays as well as features and reviews in journals such as Frieze, Artforum, Artscribe, and Cabinet.
NEWS: David's most recent large scale work has just been installed at St Pancras Station. There is an excellent short video about the work in development and in situ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26924430.
Andrew Hanson is a Psychophysicist at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. His talk will draw on over 20 years experience of measuring colour and the perception of colour in different circumstances. This involves how we see colour, sources of light, reflections from objects and the fact that colour carries information.
Colour measurement is applied to a wide range of fields, and his past projects have included critical information display systems, such as early warning defence systems, displays for graphic designers, camouflage, as well as the measurement of reflectance and gloss - meaning he may be one of the few people able to quantify how shiny cats are.
Andrew is a past Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain which brings together artists, psychologists, designers and researchers for regular talks and events about colour.
NEWS: National Physical Laboratory Open House. On 20 May there is a rare opportunity to explore the workings of the NPL, with scientists on hand to explain their research in the fascinating laboratory building at Teddington:
"NPL is one of the UK's leading science and research facilities. It is a centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available. Our facilities in Teddington are among the world's most extensive and sophisticated for measurement science.
On 20 May 2014, NPL Open House will give people the chance to explore much of the science that goes on at NPL and the facilities that are used to do it. The date is significant: 20 May is World Metrology Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875, which continues to provide the basis for a single, coherent system of measurements, traceable to the International System of Units (SI).
The occasion offers a chance to celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives, making it the perfect time to visit NPL, the UK's National Measurement Institute, and discover what we do.
NPL Open House 2014 is a free event, although registration is essential."
National Physical Laboratory
DR SHEENA CALVERT
Sheena holds a Masters degree in fine art and design from Yale university, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Greenwich.
She is a typographer, letterpress printmaker and graphic designer, and teaches critical theory and practice of art, design and illustration at Central St Martins and the University of Westminster. Her work looks at the philosophy of language, and the materiality of text and speech as a form of knowledge about language.
Having studied colour theory at Yale her research involves looking at various philosophical aspects of colour, including the linguistic definition[s] and experience of colour. In connection with these interests, she runs a project called 'What is Colour?' at Central St. Martins, as part of the Design and Interaction programme.
images - David Batchelor
Top: Magic Hour, 2005-12
Installation at Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, Jan -April 2013 found light boxes, fluorescent light, acrylic sheet, steel, cable
Centre: Cacamba, 2012 installation at Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo found skip, neon
Below: Chromolocomotion installation at St Pancras Station April 2014