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Light and Colour in Life and Art

1st November 2017, 18:00 to 19:30, Elvet Riverside 201
St Cuthbert's Society's Annual Fellows' Lecture Professor Anya Hurlbert from the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, will deliver this public lecture. Light shapes human behaviour, giving rise to conscious perception and unconscious biological rhythms. We both see and feel variations in light, constructing colours in our minds from the light reflected by objects, and adapting our moods to changes in the environmental illumination. Why are strawberries red even when they reflect blue light? What does it mean to see red? Does blue light make us more alert? Why do different people see colours differently? Was Monet unusually “colour-inconstant”?

In this lecture, Anya Hurlbert will explore the effects of light and colour on seeing and feeling, in the natural world and in art, and explore the challenges and opportunities afforded by new lighting technologies, for human perception and performance.

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