Cultures of Colour: Visual, Material, Textual

Cultures of Colour: Visual, Material, Textual

by Chris Horrocks (Editor)

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Overview

Colour permeates contemporary visual and material culture and affects our senses beyond the superficial encounter by infiltrating our perceptions and memories and becoming deeply rooted in thought processes that categorise and divide along culturally constructed lines. Colour exists as a cultural as well as psycho-physical phenomenon and acquires a multitude of meanings within differing historical and cultural contexts. The contributors examine how colour becomes imbued with specific symbolic and material meanings that tint our constructions of race, gender, ideal bodies, the relationship of the self to others and of the self to technology and the built environment. By highlighting the relationship of colour across media and material culture, this volume reveals the complex interplay of cultural connotations, discursive practices and socio-psychological dynamics of colour in an international context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857454645
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Polygons: Cultural Diversities and Intersections , #15
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chris Horrocks is Principal Lecturer in Art History at Kingston University. His publications include Marshall McLuhan and Virtuality (2000), Baudrillard and the Millennium (1999), Introducing Foucault (with Zoran Jevtic, 1997), and Tokyo GlamRock (edited, 2002).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Beyond the Language of Colour

Chris Horrocks

PART I: COLOUR AND VISUAL CULTURE

Chapter 1. Ad Reinhardt: ‘Colour Blinds’

Michael Corris

Chapter 2. The Eye Is a Sphincter (Who’s Afraid of the Postmodern Monochrome?)

Antony Hudek

Chapter 3. Colour Soundings: After the Tone of Francis Bacon

Nicholas Chare

Chapter 4. Capturing the Ephemeral. Colour as a Bridge between Art and Science

Mary Pearce

PART II: COLOUR AND MATERIAL CULTURE

Chapter 5. Colour in Gardens: a question of class or gender?

Beverley Lear

Chapter 6. Critical Remarks on the Colour/Form Relation: Creating a Middle Ground

Kiki Karatheodoris

Chapter 7. Heidegger’s Pixel: Digital Colour as ‘Standing Reserve’

Chris Horrocks

Chapter 8. The Disillusion of the Image: Cinematography, Colour, Sound and Desire

Liz Watkins

PART III: COLOUR, TEXT AND RACE

Chapter 9. Chromatic Ambivalence: Colouring the Albino

Charlotte Baker

Chapter 10. Toussaint Louverture and Haitian Historiography: A Pigmentocratic Approach

Charles Forsdick

Chapter 11. “Linda Morenita”: Skin Colour, Beauty and the Politics of Mestizaje in Mexico

Monica Moreno

Index

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