On the Color Blue…

This is where I first encountered that study on blue in relation to Homer:


99% Invisible, another cool podcast which originally led me to that Homer podcast, has a segment concerning conceptual blueness and its representation in scifi which is also interesting. Their whole project is worth some time (if you’re interested at all in historical design or the potential futures of design and culture) – particularly their segments on revolving doors and the history of fire escapes and egress in urban design. (spoiler, they originally marketed little baskets attached to ropes for you to escape the fire out your window!)

If you’re interested at all in blue in art, definitely read up on Yves Klein.

Add your own blues in the comments!

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3 Responses to On the Color Blue…

  1. argyle8 says:

    Musicians have also been trying to describe the color blue through their work for ages. I’m reminded of Miles Davis’s album Kind of Blue and Gershwin’s composition Rhapsody in Blue. Every area of study is brimming with blue associations!


  2. endorphinique says:

    Gass’s On Being Blue and Joyce’s Twelve Blue reminded me heavily of Derek Jarman’s 1993 film Blue, which is a movie that shows literally nothing but the color blue (it’s been on display at the Tate Modern and MoMA). Blue is not only the color of the screen but also a narrated character in the film who well, does blue things. It was also Jarman’s last work in a long line of avant-garde filmmaking (he’s the reason Tilda Swinton is famous) before he passed away from an AIDS-related illness, and the film is meant to be an exploration of his experience of going blind due to his battle with the disease.

    I came across this movie thanks to an internet movie critic who analyzed this movie (however kitschy he does so–he’s better at reviewing Shakespeare adaptations). He may very well have listened to that Radiolab episode because he also goes into a very deep discussion of the color blue, its cultural usage, and its linguistic origins (and yeah, he does include the wine sea and the bronze sky).


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