The North-East Branch of the Institue of Physics would like to invite you to the first talk of the new Academic Year.
It will be held on 13 October 2011, in the Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, which is within the Calman Learning Centre in the University of Durham, with the main talk starting at 7pm.
Ms. A. Loske, from the University of Sussex, will be speaking on "Goethe and Colour Theory". Her talk will to give a brief overview of theories and publications on colour in the 18th and early 19th c.
In the mid to late 18th century the influence of Newton’s Opticks from 1704 dominates critical writings on colour. With the Romantic movement and the foundation of more organised cultural institutions such as the Royal Academy the notion of theory colour changes, culminating in extensive works by authors such as George Field in England and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Germany.
Goethe’s Theory of Colours was highly influential on the British art scene in the mid-19th century. I will take a closer look at one early 19th century colour theorist, Mary Gartside, who is an exemplary link between several English theorists and Goethe.
Her story might explain and confirm certain trends in critical thinking and developments in colour theory in early 19th century Europe. The talk will be accompanied by numerous visualisations of colour theory, i.e. examples of colour charts, circles, spheres and stars from the original publications.
There will also be a short introduction to the IoP for anyone who has not attended an IoP event before, and refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.
Free on-street parking can be found on nearby Hallgarth Street, Church Street, Quarryheads Lane, and Potters Bank, all of which are a short walk from the lecture theatre, which is in the "drum-shaped" building at the centre of the Science Site.
Event poster: http://www.iop.org/activity/branches/yorkshire_north_east/ne/calendar/info/file_52414.pdf (PDF, 638 KB)