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What is colour?
Dr. James FoxDr. James FoxHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript31m
Colour is an experience: the colours we see and what they mean to us will differ for every human on the planet. What can art history, science, anthropology, literature and politics teach us about colour?
"In many respects, colour's greatest challenge is - like music - it resists most attempts to describe it. Colour might be one of those subjects that simply can't be written about."

But that's not going to stop Dr. James Fox from trying.

James is an art historian at the University of Cambridge, a curator, an award-winning broadcaster and the author of bestselling book The World According to Colour. He's joining us in The Garden to answer the most fascinating questions we could think to ask him about colour.

And we're starting with the big one: What is colour? James has described it as a “dance between subjects, objects, mind and matter”, that varies from person to person, and even from species to species. Join James for a scintillating exploration into how colour works and what it means, touching on science, art history, anthropology, literature and politics.

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The World According to Colour

"In many respects, colour's greatest challenge is - like music - it resists most attempts to describe it. Colour might be one of those subjects that simply can't be written about." But that's not going to stop Dr. James Fox from trying!

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What does the concept of someone being colourblind tell us about what colour IS?
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Why do many artists describe the primary colours as red, yellow and blue - but printers use magenta, yellow and cyan?
10 votes

Dr Fox is captivating, I'd recommend his talks to anyoneBeryl

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