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Curry, Aaron Marshall Neihana

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In the visual and performing arts, light is widely applied as a tool with which artists and designers illuminate and modify space. Utilizing various techniques and qualities such as color and angle, and various lighting fixtures, lighting designers are able to influence how an audience perceives space to the benefit of the story being told. In Erasure, I aim to explore how lighting technology, color, and human eyesight interact in an attempt to alter a spectator’s perception of space. This thesis primarily focuses on how progressions through various wavelengths of visible light reflected in a constructed white room affect the perception of the space’s depth and the confines established by its boundaries. I also explore how successful varying wavelengths (colors) of light are in the erasing of line and edge, creating within the white room a seemingly vast expanse of color. In this investigation, I explore the process of researching color, light, and human vision, the construction and design of the performance space, and the resulting impact colored light has on spatial perception and what must be considered when attempting to apply a similar concept to larger live performances


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