Gropius Bau

Coding and Gendering Colour, 18th Century France

Mit Ulrike Boskamp, FU Berlin
Auftakt der Tagung „On the epistemic dimension of color in the sciences“, Forschungsprojekt „Rhizom“, Bild Wissen Gestaltung

Auftakt der Tagung “On the epistemic dimension of colour in the sciences”, Forschungsprojekt “Rhizom”

From amazingly colourful antique relics to the attempts to standardize colours in biomedical imaging – colour gains in relevance in the sciences. Yet the epistemic role of colour, its long-standing neglect due to historic symbolic, in part gendered, ascriptions, and the function of colour in visualizations for internal scientific use have not received much attention in the sciences and humanities to date. The internal use of colour in the sciences raises different epistemological questions to those that arise with images for external communication. The choice and symbolism of colour in the latter case is guided to a greater degree by a need for simplification and considerations as to the expectations of a broader public. Coloured images for internal scientific use emerge during the research process itself (as a medium for self-reflection) or are produced in appliances and used for intersubjective communication and to obtain feedback from the scientific community. Digital publishing has enhanced the use of colour in scientific images, in contrast to the costly use of colour in print media, whilst the globalization of the scientific community challenges the idea of universal colour symbolism. All this raises the need for colour awareness. The history of the ontology of colour has already gained some attention in history of science. It is of course not to disentangle from its meaningful use or non-use. Still, the workshop rather focuses on the meaningful application of colour and its interpretation by the sciences – and the history of such theorizing. It will explore changing theories on the use and non-use of colour, such as those found in the discipline of archaeology, on the colour conventions and strategies in scientific images that predominate today as well as in historical perspective and across disciplines. This encompasses the issue of the neglect of colour as an object of scientific self-reflection and as an object of the humanities’ research on the sciences. It is consequently possible to trace the ambivalent entanglement of gender and colour connotations through the history of the sciences.

In brief: in this workshop we invite participants to investigate the epistemic dimensions of colour in the sciences, across the disciplines and across history.

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung „+ultra. gestaltung schafft wissen“

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Coding and Gendering Colour, 18th Century France


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