Living Colour/EM

  living colors © Tansel Isikli

This module is about developing a comprehensive understanding of color that includes ecological, social and eco-nomic dimensions. Especially under conditions of climate change, color can be understood as an indicator that signals changes in our environment through chemical transformations.
Drawing on methods of traditional dyeing, the design potential of microalgal and cyanobacterial dyes serves as a starting point to re-flect on new sources of material production and their implications. Since all materials used are active, the question of their durability remains. The practical application of such dyes requires the acceptance of transformation as well as the relinquishment of control. The research module suggests a design that conceptually integrates the transformation of color and explores the question of what it means for our understanding of color and materials when color changes or even disappears over time. In the context of the theoretical currents of New Materialism, object-oriented ontology, and posthumanism, students will be introduced to a scientific way of working through research journals that document the transformation of color materials in order to better understand temporal dimensions and to make this dynamic process visible and comprehensible in both the analog and digital. As practice-based research assistants, participants document their findings in research journals that incorporate an affective dimension in addition to structured notes. The research module will take place in collaboration with the following agents of color: Rubia Tinctorum, Indigofera Tinctoria, Chlorella vulgaris, Dunaliella salina, Haematococ-cus pluvalis, Arthrospira platensis.

Date: Thursday 11-12.30 a.m. | Workshop for Color and Space
Cost of materials: 15 EUR

Supervisors: Sina Hensel Anja Neuefeind Univ.Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz