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COLOURSCAPE LAB at the Arnolfini, Bristol

The COLOURSCAPE LAB seeks to understand how colour shapes and informs our daily practices and how these change temporally and geo-spatially. Experiments employed at the LAB consider ideas regarding 'colour control' (Lancaster 1996) and colour language. 

The method developed in the LAB is called 'colourscaping' and introduced as an ethnographic technique to aid the formation of multi-sensorial narratives.

The project is inspired by Hayward and Kennedy's 'Colourground'; an art/science investigation which creates socio-geographic paintings by “colour mapping” urban environments. Professor Paul Haywood came to the COLOURSCAPE LAB at the Arnolfini and talked about his project Colourground to the group.

The light studio at the Arnolfini, Bristol, hosted the first COLOURSCAPE LAB. In the session participants explored the potential of 'colourscaping' as an ethnographic method. The participants - a group of Artists, Makers, and Anthropologists - interrogated the method and united to form an Advisory Board for the development of Colourscaping.

During the COLOURSCAPE LAB participants individually created and explored colour profiles that corresponded to individual and shared perceptions of the environment and the body.