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Finding ways to combine painting and vision science, in both creative and research spaces

My latest collaboration is with the conceptual artist Yoshua Okon, creating a series of works embracing the process of colour vision tests to create cultural interactions that divide the audience by their colour vision type.

handpainted replica of an Ishihara colour vision test

What we're doing

We are at the early stages of a project using colour vision science to create artworks which divide the audience by their differing visual experience. Our challenge is to identify colours that will hide information from those with full colour vision, and reveal information to those with a deficiency.

Colour vision deficiencies are surprisingly common, affecting around 8% of men, and rather than resuling in any form of 'blindness', colour vision deficiencies are usually a slight difference in sensitivity to certain colours. This can make some colours appear sludgy or dark, where they would appear bright intense colours to those with full colour vision. 

We are taking the logic of the Ishihara Plates Test, the most widely used test for colour vision deficiency (or 'colourblindness') and designing new plates, that reveal rather than conceal information for those with the same colour vision as our collaborator, Yoshua Okon. Yoshua is using the colours we develop, to create a series of paintings that deploy the ability to divide the audience, to reveal moments of conflict and friction in the ralationship with his audience. 

The goal

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