Tactile Color is an in-progress project originated to bring awareness of the braille language through color to the sighted. Having always been interested in language, especially ones that I don't know, I decided to research the braille language to find a way to interest those unaware of the language and its sophisticated beauty. By incorporating digital projections (the RGB color space) and the 6 dot braille grid, I have begun studies that merge color and braille through various manipulations. These studies attempt to bridge the concept of color (a thing of sight) and braille (a thing of touch).
Estimated project completion: early May
Research and CONCEPT
In this beginning phase I had to test out the materials I was going to use to begin my studies. As you can see I tested different types of projectors and different ways of translating the braille through the light. Both positive and negative forms of braille cards were used. I eventually decided to use the positive form because it was more legible when projected.
Three projectors were used each projecting a separate color (red, green, or blue) through plexiglass panels each containing a different braille letter. The study shows how the colors and the braille messages interact with one another. The final projection on the wall reveals the final braille message in three separate colors. The message is decipherable by color.
This study was very similar to study 1. Instead of braille, the message is blatantly shown through the English language. This study began as a better way to reach the audience because this method allows the audience to not have to decipher the braille message. Human interaction between light and the projected message begins in this study. Also the slide projector that was being used in the first study was replaced by a more modern (more powerful) projector, adding a larger projection area. In the last stages of this study I started projecting onto type and image which would give way to study 3.
This most recent study involved a larger production process than the first two studies even though it was inspired by the last stages of study 2, where the projected message was getting projected on type and image that was already placed on the wall. The type and image used were the mixed colors of RGB (cyan, magenta, and yellow) which created a three dimensionality, as well as, spectacular color. The most interesting feature of this study was the texture the projectors created on the image. This texture resulted in a tactility that I found very appealing and which related to the overall project concept of bridging color (a thing of sight) and braille (a thing of touch). This texture inspired the title of the project, TACTILE COLOR.
This study will be shown in an exhibition at the beginning of spring at a local private gallery along with my mentor's work.