Colour/ “Chroma” is an ongoing project which seeks to work with artists, scientists, people and spaces to explore the role of colour in sensory experience.
The project is inspired by Derek Jarman’s text Chroma: A Book of Colour – June ’93, a text responding to the author’s encroaching blindness due to AIDS related complications. A painter, film maker, writer and gay rights activist, Jarman’s exploration of colour touches upon history, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, art, and personal memory. Diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986, Chroma was one of his last projects prior to his death in 1994.
There are three key strands to the Colour/”Chroma” project: the first, to engage a wider audience with themes and concepts of art history and visual culture; the second, to further explore the relationship between arts and science; the third, open up conversations about our understanding and perception of sensory impairment.