The Nomenclature of Colour | Exhibition
Colour & Poetry: A Symposium
Slade Research Centre: 20 & 21 March 2019
University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT, UK
The symposium celebrates International Colour Day and World Poetry Day – which both fall on 21stMarch 2019 – through an exhibition of image and text-based works, readings, performance/screenings and workshops by UCL staff, students and invited guests. The symposium brings together well established areas of research and expertise within the school, colour and text, building upon the Material Research Project, Discourse Project, Small Press Project, Slade Archive Project, and in the larger UCL community creating a platform for an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas between art, science and industry.
The event will also host the exhibition Nomenclature of Colours (named after Werner’s 1814 Nomenclature of Colours– a taxonomic guide to the colours of the natural world) of works by all Slade staff, students, alumni and guests who will be to produce a single work each especially for the project.
The symposium will take place in the last week of term at the Slade Research Centre – 20 & 21 March. It will include an exhibition of works over the 2 day period with workshops/lectures on the materiality of colour from Dr Ruth Siddall, Geologist and Pigment Analyst, Prof. David Dobson, Earth Sciences on his invention of a new blue and will demonstrate the making of a synthetic pigment: Vivanite. Mark Cann, Chief Chemist, ColArt. Lecture/presentations on colour by Estelle Thompson, Caroline de Lannoy and Prof Semir Zeki, UCL Professor of Neuroaesthetics. Dr Emma Richardson, UCL, Professor of History of Art and Materials on dyeing processes. Ian Rowlands on Colour Mixing and Antoni Malinowski. Readings and performance/screenings to date include Profs, Sharon Morris, Andy Leak and Roland-Francois Lack, UCL French and Caroline de Lannoy’s Colour Tale. Poet, George Szirtes, writer Mel Gooding and philosopher Dr Edward Winters. Jayne Parkers film Amarylis. Seminal works in the Slade and UCL collections i.e. Josef Albers Interaction of Colour, Jean Spencer’s colour collection will be available to view and discuss with Malina Busch on Albers. Contributions and displays from Small Press Project and Slade Press.
Names of some participant and speakers to date:
Prof Sharon Morris
Small Press projects: Lesley Sharpe, James Keith, Liz Lawes
Dr Ruth Siddall – Slade Scientist in Residence, UCL Earth Sciences
Prof David Dobson, UCL Earth Sciences
Dr Emma Richardson, UCL History of Art and Materials
Prof Semir Zeki, UCL Neuroscience
Prof Andy Leak, UCL French Dept
Dr Roland-Francois Lack French Dept
Caroline de Lannoy
Stephanie Nebbia TFAC Manager, ColArt
Ian Rowlands, ColArt
Mark Cann, ColArt
Dr Edward Winters
Dr Helen Chatterjee