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Ulrich Bachmann, Ralf Michel, Florian Bachmann, Marcus Pericin





'Farbe und Licht', Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, ZHdK


'Colour and light'

'Colour and light'

'Colour and light'


Colour and light belong inseparably together, for it is only in connection with light that colours can be perceived at all. Though this is an obvious truism, a combined theory of colour and light has been lacking in practical design hitherto. Three research projects were set up, each building on the other's results, with a view to developing such a theory. Under the auspices of the first project, entitled 'FarbLichtLabor' (ColourLightLab), the foundations of the interaction of light and material colour were investigated. The second project, 'LED-ColorLab', focused on the interaction of dynamic light and coloured surfaces in a spatial context. The third and final project, 'Farbe und Licht – Materialien zur Farb-Licht-Lehre' (Colour and Light – Materials for the Theory of Colour and Light), then proceeds to communicate the earlier research results in a practically relevant way.

Comments of the Nominators:
This tripartite and far-ranging series of researches is concerned with the interplay of light, colour, materials and movement in the perception of space. It sets itself the task of closing gaps in our knowledge in this area, and largely succeeds in the task it undertakes. 

Comments by the Jury:
This research project succeeds outstandingly in awakening or reinforcing the awareness of the significance of colour as one of the most important design tools. These colour and space installations make a convincing aesthetic impression, as well as being approachable and easily understood. They add up to a seductive invitation to learn more about colour and its effects.