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Color Space

Illuminating Hidden Realms of Space

In Short

The “Color Space” project delves into the captivating world of color representation, unlocking the hidden beauty of celestial realms. This innovative display employs printed astrophotography images captured across the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from the infrared (IR) to ultraviolet (UV), and maps these normally invisible spectrums to the CMYK color space. As viewers engage with the installation, they can selectively reveal different aspects of these cosmic landscapes by switching between primary light colors – red, green, and blue – each uncovering a unique layer of the astral vista.

Details and Theory

The heart of the “Color Space” project lies in the exploration of color mixing, with a profound twist – the translation of astrophotography from invisible wavelengths to the realm of human perception.

Mapping the Spectrum to Colors

Traditionally, astrophotography captures images beyond the scope of the human eye, in spectral ranges like IR, UV, and others. These images, when printed, are typically monochromatic, failing to convey the breathtaking beauty concealed within. However, the “Color Space” project ingeniously maps these spectral ranges to the familiar CMYK colors.

  • Infrared (IR), for example, may be assigned to cyan.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) can be linked to magenta.
  • Other spectral bands may find their expression through yellow or black.

The “magic” unfolds when viewers engage with the installation. By manipulating primary light colors – red, green, and blue – the printed images respond dynamically. As each color is activated, it unveils a specific spectral range, translating it into visible hues. For instance, activating the red light might illuminate the infrared details of the astrophotography print, bringing forth the cosmic landscape hidden in that particular spectrum. The same principle applies to green and blue, each disclosing unique facets of the celestial vista.