For Dutch Design Week 2016, from 22 until 30 October, Design Academy Eindhoven and the Van Abbemuseum once again join forces for an exhibition: Broken White. Broken White opened on Saturday 8 October.
The blue tap is cold, the red one hot. Orange invokes feelings of excitement. And yellow draws attention to shop windows. Everybody relates to colours, often even emotionally, but how this works no one knows. This instills chromo-phobia in designers: the fear of colours which is suppressed by rules, fashion and style.
The digital revolution has changed everything. For centuries colour was thought of in terms of light falling onto an object and being reflected to a greater or lesser extent. Total reflection results in white, absolute absorption in black. But the screens that are ever present nowadays aren’t objects reflecting light. They radiate light themselves. The source of colour has changed and with it its appearance.
During his teaching career at the Design Academy Eindhoven artist Mathieu Meijers developed a concept that enables us to recalibrate our understanding of colour. The artworks and design objects in Broken White embody this.
On the one hand we have the light, reflective objects that appeal to eminent emotions, inform our identity and inspire systems, sometimes even dangerously so. On the other hand we have objects in dark, absorbent colours that invoke feelings of security, but also fear, that represent earthiness and intuition. Thanks to new technologies and materials the appearance of colours changes and so does their meaning.
Broken White shows how designers and artists deal with this and how the latter help shape that meaning.
Mathieu Meijers, Jurgen Bey, Bas van Tol and Thomas Widdershoven.
Participating designers and artists
Anna Badur (i.c.w. Beno Ogrin), Douwe Jan Bakker, Thomas Bakker, Walter van Beirendonck, Edith van Berkel, Lynne Brouwer, Daniel de Bruin, Andrea Büttner, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Brigitte Dalmaijer, Edith Dekyndt, Dries Depoorter, Jan van den Dobbelsteen, Léa Donnan, Alice Dunseath, ENVISIONS (Bastiaan de Nennie, Simone Post, Sanne Schuurman, David van der Stel and Iwan Pol), Katharina Fritsch, William Graatsma & Jan Slothouber, Konstantin Grcic, Theo Hoppenbrouwers, Charlotte Jonckheer, Hella Jongerius, Anish Kapoor, Annette Kelm, Job Koelewijn, Dirk Vander Kooij, George Korsmit, Tanya Long, Mathieu Meijers, Jonathan Muecke, OS ∆ OOS, Pantone, Dominic Plüer & Olivier Smitt, Pierluigi Pompei (i.c.w. Arnold Maninissen), Vera de Pont, Benno Premsela, Bas Princen, Jakob Schlaepfer, Scholten & Baijings, Maddalena Selvini, Wieki Somers, Studio Makkink & Bey, Bas van Tol & Han Speckens, Wolfgang Tillmans, Patricia Urquiola.