AIC 2019 Midterm Meeting: Color and Landscape
14-17 October 2019
Spring, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The headquarters will be in the city of Buenos Aires, and the Grupo Argentino del Color (GAC) is responsible for the organization.
We hosted two previous AIC conferences in Argentina:
AIC 1989, 6th Congress
Buenos Aires, 13‐17 March 1989
AIC 2010, Interim Meeting “Color and Food”
Mar del Plata, 12‐15 October 2010
In the Meeting 2019, and as part of the history that has been built together with the AIC, we will celebrate 30 years since the realization of the first AIC conference in Argentina.
Call for papers
On behalf of the International Color Association, the AIC 2019 Organizing and Scientific Committees, invite you to participate and submit abstracts (in English) related to the theme of the meeting: “Color and Landscape”. The theme covers different aspects of the landscape, including its visions, constructions, and configurations.
The concept of landscape has a double existence: the observer and what is observed. It can be thought of as having natural and social configurations; a product of actions and interactions of nature and humans; a perception by a social group and individuals.
The landscape has an objective and subjective character; it is a social and cultural construction, a visual reality and a mental image, a transformation from the idea of terrestrial surface to that of identity in a society.
Color and landscape can be . . .
described, written, perceived, drawn, painted, lived, remembered, walked, traveled, thought of, colored, represented, prefigured, created, designed, inhabited, symbolized, transformed . . .
from literary, physical, pictorial, cultural, patrimonial, archaeological, anthropological, psychological, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, sociological, geographical, topographic, or epistemological points of view, among others.
The logo of the Meeting uses the colors of jacaranda flowers. The jacaranda is a typical tree of intertropical and subtropical America. It blooms in spring, and in this season makes part of the landscape of Buenos Aires city.
Jacaranda flowers, arranged in clusters, have a purplish blue color that remains for a long time in the tree. When they fall, generate a purplish carpet.
The Colour Group (Great Britain) will offer 3 Robert W. G. Hunt Poster Awards at AIC 2019. Each one of the selected posters will be awarded a certificate and a GB£ 100 prize.
The Robert W. G. Hunt Poster Award is designed for the best presentations in poster format on the topic of color at selected conferences and exhibitions. There will be no specific geographic requirements. The judging will be undertaken by members of the Scientific Committee attending the conference, including a member of the Colour Group (GB).
More details can be found towards the bottom of this page:
Pre-congress Seminar Ambiences: Call for Papers
Date: 14 October 2019, from 14:20 to 17:30 (Monday afternoon)
Venue: AIC 2019 Midterm Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Abstract submission deadline: March 30, 2019
Abstract format: 500 words, 5 keywords
Send your abstract to: email@example.com
Towards a Theory of Colour and Light Ambiences in Built and Natural Environments
How do we approach the continuously fluctuating colour and light complexity of a city, a district, an urban space, or a natural landscape? The aim of this seminar is to study analytical and methodological approaches to colour and light and to explore and discuss ways of creating ambience – the character, mood, special quality, or atmosphere of a place – in the natural landscape or in an interior or exterior space in the built environment. The basis for the study of colour and light ambiences in these different situations is gained through insights from different points of view into how to create a relationship between colour, light, and materials.
Looking back to the 1920s and 1930s reveals a growing interest in how colour and light shape the human environment. Mutually inquiring into these historical principles and those evident today, the aim is to identify and track which colour and light components have had longevity and which concepts and applications have newly appeared as well as disappeared. Our questions include: What has survived, but is actually out of date and what has endured and still seems appropriate to our times? What new means of colour and light technology have appeared in the 21st century to create contemporary colour and light ambiences?
We also aim to discuss whether the colour and light of a building can be changed easily. Colours can become a fad, i.e., fashionable. Some colours are so unusual (Antoni Gaudí) that they appear to be good perennially. Other architectural colours are exceptional (Le Corbusier) and are therefore also considered to be eternally pleasing. Here we consider how fashionable or stylish colour and light should be in new buildings and in architecture in general and at what cost buildings should be fashionable.
As we further inquire into the principles creating colour and light ambiences in architecture, urban space, the built environment, and the natural landscape, we will consider the implications of Jean-François Augoyard’s claim that for three decades the search for ambience (la maîtrise des ambiances) has been part of architectural education. The qualities of light, sound, ventilation, material, and movement are some of the main features of ambience. However, ambience is more than a product of technique and technology, it is the trigger for our overall response. Here ambiences – like cities – can be attractive, pretty, or ugly.
The principles behind how to generate – and critically sense – such features and effects will be developed in this seminar in order to ultimately distinguish elements for forming a theory of colour and light ambiences.
The seminar’s theme is related to the topic of the Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association, AIC 2019 «Colour and Landscape», aic2019.org
Accepted full papers will be reviewed and published in a book.
Organizers: Environmental Colour Design Study Group
Verena M. Schindler, Yulia A. Griber, José Luis Caivano