Art and science reflections on colour

11 October 2016

Does colour in nature always have a purpose? How do our individual experiences of colour vary? How is technology transforming our interactions with colour?

Two Museum scientists and two artists reflect on colour and vision in the natural world and beyond.

The scientists:

Dr Greg Edgecombe specialises in the evolution of arthropods (the group that now includes insects, spiders and crustaceans) and explores the evolution of the eye.

Dr Suzanne Williams researches pigments in mollusc shells. Her work is contributing to the understanding of colour evolution in marine invertebrates.

The artists:

Liz West created the installation at the beginning of the Colour and Vision exhibition. She works predominantly with light and colour.

Neil Harbisson was born with a condition called achromatism - he has no colour vision at all. Working with doctors he has created an antenna that is permanently implanted into his skull. It allows him to hear colours even beyond the human visual spectrum.

The film played across six LG OLED 4K TV screens in Colour and Vision, provided by the exhibition's sponsor.