Let’s Talk Purple by Ceramics (department)

Colours have the ability to stand for culture, quality, way of life, memories, emotions, history, perceptions, marketing, and so on. How do you communicate these qualities when the colour is left out? How do you dictate what a colour means to you without the colour itself? What is left to perceive? Each student uses their personal associations with purple and translates these into a visual language by designing a tile. The tiles are unglazed; they are not coloured. The tiles, like hieroglyphs, tell you a story. The construction clad with the tiles is visually cut and/or wrapped in a transparent purple sheet. Looking through the sheet, colour and form join together again. 


This video is part of: Rietveld Uncut 2020

For the fourth consecutive time, the Rietveld Uncut team has worked towards an exhibition of these projects in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, this year under the title Relating (to) Colour. Students investigate "colour" from different perspectives and meanings.

Due to government measures to control the coronavirus, the Rietveld Uncut exhibition and the Studium Generale conference week in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in March 2020 were cancelled. Participants were asked to create digital translation of their projects and share this with the online audience.