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Colour Media Lab

FCAD's Colour Media Lab pioneers an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing color in modern culture and media. We combine research from the history of technology; media and communications; and aesthetics to reframe traditional disciplinary attitudes. By placing color at the center of our analyses, we generate original and cutting edge insight primed for global dissemination. Current topics of interest include: synthetic color, electronic media and screen culture, urban aesthetics, architecture, fashion, textiles, and pattern.

The CML aims to sponsor student learning, public educational events, creative and scholarly research, and collaborations with academic and professional organizations around the world.

Colour Media Lab - On the image behind blue ink is in water with black background.

Visual studies


History and Philosophy of Technology

High-Tech Trash: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure (University of California Press, 2019) 

Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics After Code (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Director of the Colour Media Lab

Carolyn L. Kane - Director of the Colour Media Lab standing in front of a window

Dr. Kane earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (2011); and was awarded the Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Fellow in “Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty” at Brown University in 2014-2015. She served on the Faculty of the Film and Media Department at Hunter College in the City University of New York (2011-2014) and is the founder and director of the Colour Media Lab in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also associate professor of Professional Communication at Ryerson.