Colour permeates contemporary visual and material culture and
affects our senses beyond the superficial encounter by infiltrating
our perceptions and memories and becoming deeply rooted in thought
processes that categorise and divide along culturally constructed
lines. Colour exists as a cultural as well as psycho-physical
phenomenon and acquires a multitude of meanings within differing
historical and cultural contexts. The contributors examine how
colour becomes imbued with specific symbolic and material meanings
that tint our constructions of race, gender, ideal bodies, the
relationship of the self to others and of the self to technology
and the built environment. By highlighting the relationship of
colour across media and material culture, this volume reveals the
complex interplay of cultural connotations, discursive practices
and socio-psychological dynamics of colour in an international
Chris Horrocks is Principal Lecturer in Art History at Kingston
University. His publications include "Marshall McLuhan and
Virtuality" (2000), "Baudrillard and the Millennium" (1999),
"Introducing Foucault" (with Zoran Jevtic, 1997), and "Tokyo
GlamRock" (edited, 2002).
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