Locke and Hume’s theory of color is interrogated through a case study of Esref Armagan, an artist born blind

Simon Hayhoe, Ruby Cohen, Helena Garcia-Carrisoza

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Acknowledgement:This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693229 – Appendix A.

 

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Thisarticle investigates Locke and Hume’s philosophicaltheory of color, through a study of the fine art practice of Esref Armagan,a Turkish artist who has never seen. The philosophicaltheory of color is important to the cultural history of blindness, as it hasbeen used to justify early curricula in schools for the blind. This study isbased on the following research question: Can people who are born blindunderstand color in the fine arts? The study is part of a grounded methodology studyof art practices and visual impairment, whose findings informed a participatorystudy of museum access. This article examines part of the study’s first phase,and focuses on the practice of the Turkish artist, Esref Armagan, who was bornwithout sight. Data was collected through a translated correspondence interviewwith Esref Armagan, and an examination of research articles focusing on Esref’sdrawing skills. The study’s data is analyzed using Anderson, Krathwohl &Bloom’s learning hierarchy. It is found that Esref has an extensive knowledgeof color and other visual concepts, developed symbolically. What’s more, notonly has Esref a knowledge of color, but he can use this knowledge creativelyin accordance with Anderson, Krathwohl & Bloom’s highest level of learning(level 6). The article concludes that Locke and Hume’s philosophical theory of color can be challenged in the context of thecreative fine arts, as Esref could develop unique, creative images using color.Therefore, our application of the philosophicaltheory of color on the education of students with visual impairments, andthe pedagogical and andragogical practice based on these theories should bequestioned.

LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Blindness Innovation and Research
StatusAccepted/In press - 14 Dec 2018

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  • Hume
  • Locke
  • Blind
  • Theory
  • Art
  • Artist
  • Color
  • philosophy of mind
  • theory of mind

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Locke and Hume’s theory of color is interrogated through a case study of Esref Armagan, an artist born blind. / Hayhoe, Simon; Cohen, Ruby; Garcia-Carrisoza, Helena.

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