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Colour blind art on show this weekend

23 June 2014

David Lyons - full colour image
 An image presented in full colour

Art exploring differences in visual perception goes on show to the public this weekend (Saturday 28 June) at an interactive event at Abertay University.

Abertay lecturer David Lyons has been researching colour blindness and other ocular variations that affect people’s understanding of the external world, developing a series of prints that incorporate Braille and take influence from the famous Ishihara Colour Blind Test.

Now his work, in collaboration with computer scientist David Flatla, is expanding into digital design with moving images and computer programmes which simulate colour blindness for fully sighted individuals.

Their work will be shown at Eye for an Eye, a special event at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre gallery, on Saturday 28 June from 4-6pm.

David Lyons - red green colour blind image
The same image, adjusted to simulate red-green colour blindness

David Lyons said: “I like the idea of consciously creating something that can be experienced differently dependent on one's visual abilities and sensibilities.

“Some of the messages of the work are perceived only by certain audiences, and those with different abilities experience the work not only differently but in ways that have hidden meanings and messages.”

Eye for an Eye is a fringe event to the GENERATION programme in Dundee, a city-wide celebration of contemporary visual art.

Artists, art lovers and enthusiasts of all ages are invited to take a walking tour of Dundee’s major art galleries and collectives through Saturday 28 June, dropping into Abertay any time from 4-6pm.

For full listings information, the Generation Dundee leaflet is available to download.


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