Colour and Light – Concepts and Confusions

08.05.2012 / 12:30 - 16:00

A Symposium on the epistemology of colour and light to mark the publication of the book Colour and Light – Concepts and Confusions by Harald Arnkil (ed.), Karin Fridell Anter & Ulf Klarén (Aalto University, 2012). The book is a research report from the Nordic research project SYN-TES: Human colour and light synthesis – Towards a coherent field of knowledge carried out during 2010-11.

Special Guest: C.L. Hardin (author of Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow)

The symposium organized by Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Department of Art.

Venue: Aalto University, Arabia campus, Lecture Hall 822, 8th floor, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Free admission – All Welcome!

Programme

    12. 30 Welcome   Harald Arnkil

    12. 40 The Nordic research project SYN-TES: Human colour and light   synthesis – Towards a coherent field of knowledge   Karin Fridell Anter

    13. 00 Introducing Colour and Light: Concepts and Confusions    Harald Arnkil

    13. 15 Colour Science and Colour Experience   C.L. Hardin

    14.00–14.30 Coffee break

    14.30 Panel discussion on themes from Colour and Light… 

Harald Arnkil, Karin Fridell Anter, C.L. Hardin, Ulf Klarén

Speakers and Authors

C.L. Hardin is an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA. He is the author of Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow (1988) and co-editor of Color Categories in Thought and Language (1997). He takes colour to be a test case for theories about how the qualities of everyday experience manage to find a place in a quantitative universe consisting of matter and energy.  Color for philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow received the Johnsonian Prize in Philosophy in 1986 and has since been published in an extended new edition.

Harald Arnkil is a Finnish artist, educator and colour researcher. Arnkil is Lecturer in Colour Studies at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Besides teaching, he is presently pursuing doctoral studies and research in the field of colour. Arnkil’s book Colour in the Visual World  ­– a handbook for artists, designers and architects, originally published in 2007 in Finnish as Värit havaintojen maailmassa,  is due to appear in October 2012.

Karin Fridell Anter, architect SAR/MSA and PhD architecture is a researcher specialized in colour in the built environment. She is an Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology and a researcher at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, both in Stockholm. She has written several books on colour in architecture and numerous articles in Swedish and international journals. During 2010-11 she led the Nordic research project SYN-TES: Human colour and light synthesis - Towards a coherent field of knowledge.

Ulf Klarén is a researcher, writer and lecturer on perception, colour and light. Until his retirement in 2011, he was Associate Professor and head of the Perception Studio at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Ulf Klarén’s publications include a textbook on colour, several scientific reports and contributions to anthologies as well as articles on art education. During 2010-11 he was assistant project leader of SYN-TES: Human colour and light synthesis –Towards a coherent field of knowledge.

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