Travels Through the Paintbox

Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444719882

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 9840

Part travelogue, part narrative history, Colour unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative and always surprising, Colour lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.

Architectural Colour in the Professional Palette

Author: Fiona McLachlan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136327584

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

View: 4793

How do architects use color? Do they adopt a different strategy or starting point for every project? Do they gradually cultivate individual color palettes, which develop alongside their body of built work? Do they utilize, or are they aware of, the body of theoretical work that underpins the use of color in the past, and forms the basis of most of the color systems commercially available today? Informed by the author’s thirty years in architectural practice and academia, this book investigates, documents and analyzes the work of a number of contemporary architects in order to respond to these questions and provide a clear reference of contemporary color use. The book suggests a holistic approach to the integration of color in architecture; through a series of thematic essays, the text explores and reveals underlying principles in color design and application. Case studies include: AHMM Caruso St John Erich Wiesner and Otto Steidle Gigon/Guyer O’Donnell + Tuomey Sauerbruch Hutton Steven Holl UN Studio. The book provides clear insights into how particular contemporary architects use color confidently and intelligently as an integral part of their design philosophy, in conjunction with their choices of materials and finishes. Offering a stimulating view of the history of color theory, and pragmatic advice to practicing architects, this book will be inspiring to both design professionals and students.


eine kleine Kulturgeschichte

Author: Harald Haarmann

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631541883

Category: Black

Page: 185

View: 677

Ist Schwarz eine Farbe oder nur Kontrastgeber? Ist Schwarz ein einziger Farbton oder sind es mehrere? Sind Einstellungen zur Farbe Schwarz kulturell gepragt? Wenn man Schwarz sagt, meint man dann tatsachlich auch Schwarz? Es heit, Schwarz ist die am wenigsten verstandene aller Farben. Insofern ist es eine besondere Herausforderung, die Sinngebung der Farbe Schwarz in den kulturhistorischen Landschaften der Welt auszuleuchten. Eben dies wird in dieser Studie angestrebt, wobei der Diskussion uber Farbmetaphorik besondere Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt wird. Hier werden Erkenntnisse der verschiedensten Fachdisziplinen ausgewertet - darunter der Kunstgeschichte, der Anthropologie, der Linguistik, der Forschung uber kulturelle Stereotypen und der Religionsgeschichte - und zu einer Gesamtschau verdichtet. Dieses Buch ist in einem verstandlichen Essaystil geschrieben und spricht damit den allgemein interessierten akademischen Leser an. Daruber hinaus eignet es sich nach seinem Inhalt und der Vielzahl an Quellenverweisen ebenso als Forschungsinstrument fur die verschiedensten Fachvertreter.

Curious Tales from Chemistry

The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other Episodes

Author: Lars Öhrström

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191637068

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 6860

This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science - and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a variety of elements from S to Pb through tales of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the globe. We meet African dictators controlling vital supplies of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers searching out sources of precious metals; industrial spies stealing the secrets of steel-making. We find out why the Hindenburg airship was tragically filled with hydrogen, not helium; why nail-varnish remover played a key part in World War I; and the real story behind the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each chapter, we find out about the distinctive properties of each element and the concepts and principles that have enabled scientists to put it to practical use. These are the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) stories of chemistry in action.

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137381

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 3770

If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ‘A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time’ Independent ‘A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology’ Guardian

The Cinema of Sally Potter

A Politics of Love

Author: Sophie Mayer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

View: 4242

"Sally Potter has always been Britain's most independent director: as a feminist filmmaker, a leading light of the BFI Production Board generation, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and a pioneer of digital cinema. Drawing on exclusive access to archival materials and in-depth interviews, The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love opens up vivid historical, political and cultural vistas to give the first full account of an extraordinary career. From Thriller, which galvanized the new feminist cinema in 1979, to Rage (2009), a digital docu-fiction about information in the age of globalisation, Potter has refashioned cinematic looking and listening through her attention to what dominant culture neglects and suppresses: labour, performance, beauty, poetry, listening and the spirit of place. This volume argues that, by putting the unseen on screen, Potter's films fill the viewer with wonder and desire, enacting the possibilities of cinema as love." --Book Jacket.

The Dickinson Papers

A Funny and Tender Love Story

Author: Mark Ragg

Publisher: Vintage


Category: Manuscripts

Page: 317

View: 4962

A priceless exhibition of the papers of poet Emily Dickinson goes missing on arrivial in Sydney. Jock, a lonely single father who loves poems, books and stories of all kinds, starts to follow the newspaper articles about the theft, and finds himself increasingly drawn to the mysterious and brilliant Lola, the curator of the exhibition. Both nursing wounded hearts and damaged lives, slowly they begin to reach out to each other through letters, emails and occasional encounters. When the police start receiving clues from the thief - marked on Sydney road maps - Jock find himself drawn into the hunt. But in a city with a story on every street corner, can he tell the hints from the red herrings in time to find the exhibition and win Lola's heart? A quirky and engaging novel, THE DICKINSON PAPERS is at once a modern love story, a tribute to a great poet and a love letter to the city of Sydney.

Symbol and Symptom

The Femme Fatale in English Poetry of the 19th Century and Feminist Criticism

Author: Silke Binias

Publisher: Universitatsverlag C. Winter


Category: English literature

Page: 233

View: 2221


The Linnean

Newsletter and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London

Author: Linnean Society of London

Publisher: N.A


Category: Botany

Page: N.A

View: 2202


The Bayeux Tapestry

The Life Story of a Masterpiece

Author: Carola Hicks

Publisher: Random House Uk Limited


Category: Art

Page: 358

View: 1976

One of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. For all its fame, its origins and story are complex and somewhat cloudy. Though many assume it was commissioned by Bishop Odo—William’s ruthless half-brother—it may also have been financed by Harold’s dynamic sister Edith, who was juggling for a place in the new court. In this intriguing study, medieval art historian Carola Hicks investigates the miracle of the tapestry’s making—including the unique stitches, dyes, and strange details in the margins—as well as its complicated past. For centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux cathedral until its discovery in the 18th century. It quickly became a symbol of power: townsfolk saved it during the French Revolution, Napoleon displayed it to promote his own conquest, and the Nazis strove to make it their own. Packed with thrilling stories, this history shows how every great work of art has a life of its own.

The horse who drank the sky

film experience beyond narrative and theory

Author: Murray Pomerance

Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780813543277

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 257

View: 565

What is most important about cinema is that we are alive with it. For all its dramatic, literary, political, sociological, and philosophical weight, film is ultimately an art that provokes, touches, and riddles the viewer through an image that transcends narrative and theory. In The Horse Who Drank the Sky, Murray Pomerance brings attention to the visceral dimension of movies and presents a new and unanticipated way of thinking about what happens when we watch them.


ein Buch der Farben

Author: Derek Jarman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783883961248


Page: 196

View: 6402



One Man's Search for Happiness

Author: Robert Mighall

Publisher: John Murray Publishers


Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 3433

Alain de Boton meetsThe Cloudspotter's Guidein Robert Mighall's celebration of sunshine

Divine Beauty

The Invisible Embrace

Author: John O'Donohue

Publisher: N.A


Category: Aesthetics

Page: 259

View: 5693

John O'Donoghue turns his attention to the subject of beauty - the divine beauty that calls forth the imagination and all that is noble in the human heart and soul. As he explores the post-modern world's spiritual hunger, he focuses on the Celtic tradition, on nature, language and art, to lead us to a greater understanding of how true beauty is an ancient and continuous presence among us - and how, when awakened, can inspire us to new passions and heights of creativity.