• Artists don’t typically start with a hypothesis, or structure their practice to prove that hypothesis. But I think that artistic practice can itself be a form of research and knowledge production. In art, the outcomes may be more open-ended, but they’re driven by a similar process of inquiry and desire for discovery.

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Color: History, Theory, and Criticism

  • September 10, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Color has posed intriguing problems for cultural practitioners and theorists for centuries.


Color exists across philosophical and material homes, as both experienced and as a chemical product. This MIT graduate course aims to explore its robust histories as a set of chemical products, a conventional naming system, a racial category, a branch of psychophysics, an anxiety-provoking discourse in art and architecture, and a huge industry attempting to both stabilize chroma and capitalize on its emotional connotations.

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