Chaire Beauté.s - Structural colors

Tuesday 14 June 2022

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Amphithéâtre d'Honneur

14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris


The Beauty Chair welcomes Ann Veronica Janssens, María Boto Ordoñez, Heleen Santobin, and Liliana D'Alba for an interactive conference.

Dr. María Boto Ordoñez and Ann Veronica Janssens, visual artist and professor at the École des Beaux Arts de Paris, combine their interests around the sensory experience of colour and attempt to create new forms of beauty. In living beings, colours come from pigments and structures. Structural colouring produces colour through microscopically structured surfaces in layers thin enough to interfere with visible light. Through the interaction of light, the resulting natural colour palette is broader than that obtained from pigments and is responsible for phenomena such as iridescence or rapid colour changes that result in adaptive camouflage.

The aim of the Structural colors project is to design a biodegradable and non-toxic colour palette of innovative beauty, to produce colour experiments without pigments, to question the beauty of structural colour from the perspective of sensoriality, but also to interrogate this research from a philosophical and plastic point of view with the contribution of researchers in the exact sciences, the humanities and the visual arts.


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