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The CRSC works with partner groups in creative industries to facilitate and produce specific projects related to colour. We have organised a major international conference, staged symposia and talks by colour experts, and created workshops. If you are interested in contacting us to build such a project, or develop a colour-related aspect of some larger idea, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In the meantime, this page lists the projects we have been involved with, or are currently developing.

Colour : Couleur is the new Journal of the Colour Research Society of Canada. The mission of the Journal is to create an open-source, common space for discussion and dissemination of scholarly research and professional practice focused on Colour in Industry, Art and Design, Scientific disciplines, and Academia. The Journal will take advantage of the capabilities of current Web technologies, permitting contributors to embed visual and auditory elements into their submissions as necessary, even allowing multi-media submissions such as film and video, visual artworks or audio submissions.

Inaugural issue:

Crossing Sensory Boundaries: Synesthesia

Hearing the colour of a flute; tasting the sharpness of a banana; feeling the months of the year wrapped around your body. To some of us, the crossing of sensory boundaries occurs only in realms of imagination, guided by poets, artists and musicians. To those of us with Synaesthesia, however, one mode of stimulus actually triggers perceptions in another.

Appearing in a growing body of research from diverse fields, synaesthesia is a complex of neurological processes that results in a blurring of perceptual boundaries. With the advent of neuroscientific imaging, this uncommon, even quasi-mystical ability has become a focus of study that intriguingly bridges disciplinary studies in Developmental Psychology, the Neurosciences, Art, Design, and Music, and Poetics.

For the inaugural edition of "Colour : Couleur," the CRSC would like to complete a series of special events on synesthesia, called 'Crossing Sensory Boundaries' that we initiated in 2013, by calling for papers, research studies, and examples of creative practice that can illuminate or describe some aspect of this phenomenon of human cognition and creativity. Seeking to provide a generous overview of technical and non-technical examinations of the synesthetic experience, the journal will provide a context for diverse contributions to the growing knowledge base centred upon understanding this extraordinary human capacity. We are aiming for researchers, practitioners and synaesthetes themselves to contribute to the project, to reflect the range of interests, and to share and discuss knowledge across disciplines.

Submissions may be made by going to http://huutaart.com/opencalls

or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Foundational concepts
  • Education-related studies: learning/language development, cognitive studies
  • Research methodologies
  • Analytical methods
  • Creativity studies
  • Creative methods: art, design, audio, audio-visual, etc
  • Experiential projects
Paper Submissions
While media-based submissions are encouraged, we are also soliciting three types of papers:
  1. long papers (up to 10 pages);
  2. position papers for new ideas (up to 6 pages);
  3. presentations/examples of creative practice (images, sound, writing, etc.)
Documents should clearly describe original research, describe novel and promising ideas that might not have been fully validated, or present creative practices with/for interpretation and discussion. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three Advisory Committee members. Papers must be formatted according to Harvard standards, and if previously published, this should be stated and referenced clearly.

Important dates

Paper or Presentation Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014

Notification: May 30, 2014

Publication: August 2014

Editorial board:

Prof. Doreen Balabanoff: is an artist/designer with an abiding interest and expertise in colour/light in architectural space. She is an internationally known architectural glass artist. She is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design, Faculty of Design at OCAD University, is a member of the Graduate Studies Faculty and has been Assistant Dean, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Design. She has been teaching courses in colour theory and practice at OCADU since 1992, and currently teaches a course she developed on colour/light in the built environment, among other advanced studios in design of the built environment. Doreen is currently a PhD candidate at University College Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UCLA, and a BA from Pitzer College, Claremont, California. Doreen is the President of the Colour Research Society of Canada, the Canadian member of the International Colour Association (AIC).

Dr. Robin Kingsburgh: teaches science to artists and designers at the Ontario College of Art & Design University. She has a background in science (Ph.D. in Astronomy, 1992, University College London), and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her courses at OCAD U include Astronomy, What is Time? and the Science of Colour. She also teaches in the Division of Natural Science at York University. Her painting experience comes from studies in Toronto (University of Toronto), France (Aix-en-Provençe) the U.K. (continuing education at the Slade School, London), and Haliburton (Haliburton School for the Arts), and has paralleled her scientific development. 

Dr. David Griffin: (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is an artist and educator, working with painting, notation systems, performance, and writing in dynamic relationship with these studio practices. Currently an instructor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University in Toronto, David holds a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, where he designed and implemented a series of graphical music notation systems, including a positive notation for vocal silence. He also holds an MFA (Painting) from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Advisory Committee: 

Jose Caivano: Jose Caivano has a background in Architecture and is currently teaching "Color Theory Applied to Design" at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of National University of Rosario (Argentina). He has extensive teaching and research experience. He is also independent researcher for the National Council of science and Technology Research. From 2006 to 2009 he has been President of the International Color Association and has been an active member of various scientific associations (New York Academy of Science, Ad Chroma Paris etc). He is associate editor for the Color Research and Application journal (USA).

Berit Brogaard: is the director of the St. Louis Synesthesia Research Team and the American editor of the international philosophy journa lErkenntnis. Before returning to the States she held a research fellowship at the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, where she worked on perception and the contents of consciousness, with David Chalmers (author of: The Conscious Mind). She has a background in neuroscience from University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in philosophy. Her current research is located at the intersection of philosophy of mind and psychology. Her most current empirical project investigates the connection between synesthesia and savant syndrome. She has authored or co-authored papers which have appeared in various journals and edited volumes, including: Journal of Philosophy, Philosophers' Imprint, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Analysis, Philosophical Quarterly,Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Perspectives, Consciousness and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Mind and Language. Her book Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions appeared with Oxford University Press in 2012. She is currently working on her second book entitled Seeing and Saying.

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