Have you ever asked yourselves why there isn’t much blue food?
Science tells us that a combination of pigments with the inability to produce blue is present in any given fruit or vegetable. A different, more instinctive answer, is that blue is a colour that doesn’t look particularly tasty (apart from blue ice-lollies, which are great). On the other hand, the colour of watermelon looks the way watermelon tastes. When we see it, combined with the white of its juicy reflections and the black of the seeds, our brains automatically simulate its flavour.
Nature constantly exchanges information with us through the means of colour. Hence, as humans, we pretend to be able to see every shade of the natural spectrum. That is not true. Insects, for example, can perceive colours that we cannot see, with eyes able to catch a deeper spectrum, distinguishing ultraviolet flowers that, to us, would look the same as any other flower. In our anthropocentric mindset, we struggle to acknowledge how much our perception of the world is relative to our limitations.
Despite this, colours have had, and still hold, a decisive role as signs and symbols with which we communicate. We have given them names, simplified and catalogued their differences. In order to control and reproduce them by our own means, we have introduced “colour spaces”, where they can be identified numerically by coordinates. Architects, who are quickly becoming Photoshoppers, use RGB, CMYK, HSV models as ordinary instruments of their practice. By these means we created our own illusory colour world.
Exploring colours; their multifaceted appearances and misleading characters has proven interesting. In this issue, we delve into colour’s political meaning, its disparate symbolisms, and look at the shades of our everyday life. We asked our contributors to write about a colour of their own interest, and challenged ourselves to do the same. You will read about pink prisons, purple design, light blue photographs, green McDonald’s, the golden sun, brown shits, red light districts, and more.
With this edition, Bnieuws hopes to make your life a bit more colourful. Enjoy!