On Colour, February 27, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC
All welcome: Please RSVP to ctl-events @utsc.utoronto.ca
Light refreshments served

Directions to the Theatre: Walk down the third floor of the S-wing to the new part of the building, and enter the theatre by taking a left and going downstairs.

Erin L. Webster, Art History (faculty)
“Materials and Methods or Why Art Historians Can’t Trust Colour”

I’ll be discussing the fugitive nature of colour and the problematic issues around reproductions of artworks that have caused art historians to develop an ability to ‘ignore’ colour when studying an image of the artwork or to re-assess the contribution of colour when examining an original artwork.

Anosha Zanjani, Mental Health Studies and Neuroscience (undergraduate)
“The Perception of Virtual Residential Spaces”

This study focuses on how people perceive warm and cool virtual residential spaces (walkthroughs). Warm spaces are colorful and use red hues in their interior, which are expressive of the resident. Cold spaces use saturated cool colors and are related to geometric spaces that don’t display a unique personal signature of the resident. We are looking at which type design is more appealing to the viewer; what type of spaces do people prefer to live; how do people project themselves onto these spaces and what can they see themselves and other people doing in these spaces. The outcomes of this study can be applied to make walkthroughs more effective for people who use them in their line of work.

Cindy Bongard, Ecology (graduate)
“Fields of (Nothing But) Purple … Impact of Invasive Plant Species in Ontario”

While purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.), a plant native to Europe, was heralded for its glorious colour displays and introduced into North America as a garden ornamental, it soon began to displace native wetland plants and establish dominance in aquatic habitats. Similar phenomena have been observed for numerous other invasive plant species, including dog-strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum), a plant that is highly invasive right here at UTSC. Searching for solutions to re-establish native plant diversity (and restore fields of diverse colour!) is now the focus of considerable global research.

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