The Meaning of Color in the Sciences, Berlin, July 6

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From amazingly colorful antique relics to the attempts to standardize colors in biomedical imaging – color is gaining in relevance in the sciences. The history of the ontology of color has already gained some attention in history of science. It is of course not to disentangle from its meaningful use or non-use. Yet the epistemic role of color, its long-standing neglect due to historic symbolic, in part gendered, ascriptions, and the function of color in visualizations for internal scientific use have not received much attention in the sciences and humanities to date. This is especially the case for non-mimetic color use where color is not meant to copy nature, but rather carries implicit or explicit symbolic meanings.This session focuses on the meaningful interpretation and application of color by the sciences – in historical perspective and across disciplines. How was color and the use of color understood, what did/do specific colors mean, how did this change?

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The Meaning Of Color in the Sciences (Public event)

09.30  Registration, Welcome address & Coffee

Chair: Bettina Bock von Wülfingen (HU Berlin/Image Knowledge Gestaltung)

10.15  Sophia Roosth (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)

               Spectral Analysis of the Specters of Life: Molecular Ecology, Microbial Mats, and the Origins of Life

10.45  Alma Steingart (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)

               Mathematics on the Spectrum 

11.15  Coffee break

11.30  Michael Rossi (Department of History, University of Chicago)

               »Green is Refreshing«: Color and Healing in Nineteenth Century Medicine

12.00 Alexander Nagel (Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, USA)

                Research on Color Matters: Towards a Modern Archaeology of Ancient Polychromies

12.30  Lunch



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Primary workshop: yellow

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Yellow: plant sources of colour
Saturday, May 26, 10 am – 1 pm
 with Tania Love
$75 materials included.

Before the advent of synthetic colour, plants, minerals, bugs and animals and were the source for colour. Imagine the spectrum represented in paintings, manuscripts, tapestries and clothing before the 1800s, was all hand prepared and from nature. Imagine the world palette and prior to the industrialization of colour and the potential shifts in our perception.

In this workshop we’ll take a look at the qualities of yellow, learn about the plant based sources through historical references, the preparation of natural dye vats and hands on experimentation.

registration limited to 10

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International Colour Day

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March 21   11:30am – 1 pm   An Experiential Conversation about Colour

Illuminating Engineering Society presentation: Pat Lawson & Sharyn Adler Gitalis

March 21   6:30 – 7 pm  CRSC Annual General Meeting, Propeller Gallery followed by

                   7-9pm           International Colour Day Curators' Talk and Social, for exhibition Colour: What do you mean by that?

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Sound and Colour

The Art of Time Ensemble presents work by Scriabin paired with a lecture by reknowned synesthesia expert and neurologist, Richard Cytowick.

March 22-24, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre.

CRSC Member Special Offer:

$39 for Orchestra Level, regular $64

$29 for Balcony level, regular $43

$20 for Gallery level, regular $25

please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with proof of membership payment for the code,

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Exhibition - Colour: what do you mean by that?

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Colour: What Do You Mean By That?  This cross-disciplinary exhibition presents work by artists, designers and scientists using or investigating colour phenomena, qualities, and meanings. What is colour: frequency, wavelength, energy… resonance, material, sensation... perception, illusion, association... emotive embodied experience? The question opens up connections between diverse understandings and ways of knowing.

artists: Laura Bisaillon | Julia Buntaine | Chris Burke | Emily Carriere | Nicole Clouston | Jayanne English | David Griffin | Karine Guyon | Sara Hartland-Rowe| Mark-David Hosale, James Madsen & Rob Allison | Kathy Kranias | Marie Lannoo | Michelle Letarte | Art Lucs | Hameeda Mahmoud | Jessica Massard | Giuseppe Morano | Francis Muscat | Irma Osadsa | Frances Patella | Robert Quance | Jordan Shaw | Matthew Thomas | Dori Vanderheyden

co-sponsored by: the Colour Research Society of Canada and Propeller Gallery

curatorial team: Doreen Balabanoff, Robin Kingsburgh, Janet Read & Judith Tinkl

Exhibition location: Propeller Gallery | 30 Abell Street, Toronto

Exhibition Dates & Times: Mar 7-25; Wed - Sat: 12 - 6pm, Sun: 12 - 5pm

Opening Reception: Thursday Mar 8, 6:30-9:30pm

Lecture: Sun Mar 18, 1:30pm

Art-Science in the development of ICECUBE Volumetric LED Displays

by Mark-David Hosale & Ron Allison (York University), and James Madsen (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)

A conversation between artist, scientist and engineer about visualization and colour, in the conception and development of the ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3]. The ICECUBE LED Display [ILDm^3] is a cubic-meter (1/1000th scale) model of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic-kilometer telescope made of ice just below the surface at the South Pole. While scientifically precise, the display uses art methodologies as an optimal means for expressing imperceptible astrophysical events as sound, light and colour in the domain of the human sensorium. The 45 minute talk will be followed by Q&A period.

International Colour Day Curators’ Talk & Social: Wed Mar 21, 7-9pm

Artist Talks: Sun Mar 25, 2-4pm


additional programming: Primary Dye Workshops with Tanya Love

Blue: a natural indigo dye workshop | March 10, 10-5pm

Red: plant sources of colour | April 14, 10-1pm

Yellow: plant sources of colour | May 26, 10-1pm

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