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Monday, June 12 • 15:30 - 16:30
LP Flueckiger Barbara. Film Colors, Textures, Lights. How Color Appearance Corresponds to Characters’ Inner States

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The presentation Film Colors, Textures, Lights. How Color Appearance Corresponds to Characters’ Inner States will address its topic based on the significant investigation of film colors for the Timeline of Historical Film Colors and, more recently, executed in the framework of the research project FilmColors, funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council.

One of the main goals of this research project is a comprehensive investigation of a large group of films from the late nineteenth century to the mid-1990s using tools in the emerging field of digital humanities. By connecting a video annotation tool with an offline database, the research team explores the corpus at a high level of detail.

In addition to exploring color schemes, contrast and harmonies through concepts in color theory from art and design, three sections of the database aim at investigating lighting, surfaces, materials and textures of the characters, objects, and environments depicted. In fact, as Anya Hurlbert (2013) has stressed, color appearance is deeply influenced by textures and surface properties.

Based on our approach of investigating aesthetic strategies of films’ applications of colors, surfaces, textures and illumination systematically within a highly defined and structured protocol, we are able to identify diachronic patterns of stylistic approaches to express and connect characters’ inner states and moods to audience’s hypothetical reactions. By such strategies, films make use of the affective and subjective potential of colors to address spectator’s sensorial reactions by creating a common affective space between diegetic characters and film viewers. The German concept of Stimmung, elaborated at the fin-de-siècle by art historian Alois Riegl and writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, perfectly grasps this connection between subject and environment.


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Barbara Flueckiger

Professor / Principal Investigator, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors and SNSF Film Colors, University of Zurich
Barbara Flueckiger has been a professor for film studies at the University of Zurich since 2007. Before her studies in film theory and history, she worked internationally as a film professional. She is the author of two text books about “Sound Design” and “Visual Effects”.Since... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 15:30 - 16:30 EEST
A-306 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki