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The Spacious Greyness:On Colour Light and Space
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. (The project group Greyness and spatial experience/ KU, Konstfack)
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. (The project group Greyness and spatial experience/ KU,Konstfack)
2009 (English)In: 11th Congress of the international Colour Association (AIC) 2009 - Proceedings / [ed] Dianne Smith, Paul Green-Armytage, Nick Harknesse, Margaret A. Pope,, Sydney, Australia: The Colour Society of Australia, Inc , 2009, 1-7 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the project Greyness and spatial experience we have studied visual qualities in grey/greyish colours “on location” in the - spatial - world around. We have carried out a number of observation series not only aiming to investigate variation of greyness in different spatial situations but also to develop a methodology and equipment for such studies. In this paper perception of greyness is discussed in relation to our own observations and to scientific and scholarly references. We make some basic reflections on colour in spatial context and in relation to traditional colour theory. In spatial context colours with low chromaticness, near the grey-scale, play a more significant role than distinctly chromatic colours; hence they are very important in design of built spaces, both exterior and interior. The logically balanced distribution of greyness in shadows and in surfaces against the light produces a spatial feeling of coherency, and greyish inherent colours generally form a subordinated background to colours with high chromaticness. Simultaneously greyness to a high degree conduces to differentiation of spatial experience; an over-all spatial experience of greyness normally offers subtle but distinct contrasts of hue. In the field of colour most scientific research deals with colour phenomena as such. If focusing on colour as spatial phenomenon, colour theory can be given theoretical connection to intuitive understanding of the world around and be part of a wider field of aesthetic research.

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Sydney, Australia: The Colour Society of Australia, Inc , 2009. 1-7 p.
Keyword [en]
Space experience, Light, Colour relativity, Colour theory
National Category
Psychology Design Philosophy
Research subject
Arts, Design
URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-3244ISBN: 1 877040 76 2OAI: diva2:459669
The 11th Congress of the International Colour Association,Sydney, Australia 27 September to 2 October 2009
Grey Colours and Spatial Experience Konstfack, Research and development in the arts 2008, KU, Konstfack, Stockholm
Available from: 2012-02-02 Created: 2011-11-28 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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