Colour Society Of Australia


CSA December webinar: "Colours of Light: An Emotive Exploration" with designer Ilan El (Melbourne)

  • 5 Dec 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Online


  • Free registration for current CSA members, available now.
  • Free registration for non-members of the CSA, available from November 24

Registration is closed

The next in the series of free webinars organized and presented by the Colour Society of Australia will be a presentation by acclaimed Melbourne designer Ilan El. We are very grateful to CSA powerhouse Aly Indermuhle for organizing this webinar! Please help us to spread word of this exciting event by sharing our authorized social media posts from the Colour Society of Australia's Facebook and Instagram accounts, or by passing on the following event link to your friends, colleagues and students:

SOL, Ilan El

“With the capacity to highlight, shift mood, create ambience and have a strong presence as a design object in its own right, lighting is the ultimate design challenge.” - Ilan El

Never has it been more important for the spaces we inhabit to be nurturing, uplifting and engaging. Multidisciplinary designer Ilan El is constantly drawn towards the way design affects people, and his ability as a designer serves to create spatial experiences. His work draws associations with the development of psychological inquiry and the growing awareness of environmental factors on human emotions and behaviour. The colours of light spectra and their potential to evoke psychological, autonomic responses is an enduring topic of his ongoing research, study and creation. Colours of Light: An Emotive Exploration, will examine Ilan’s journey from practicing architecture overseas, through his academic research at RMIT, to his current creative practice and artistic expression.

Sculptural creations imbued with memory, reverent of art and cognitive of science ...

Multidisciplinary designer Ilan El was born in Tel Aviv and trained and practiced as an architect before moving to Australia in 2005 to join RMIT’s Industrial Design Masters program. In 2010 he established ILANEL Design Studio, his product design practice located in St Kilda, Melbourne, which specializes in the design and bespoke production of lighting products and installations. Interested in the experiential quality of light and its potential for delivering positive psychological and emotional effects, Ilan explores the colours of the visible spectrum to develop works with playful, interactive and automated elements. His installations and work have been presented at Melbourne Design Week (MDW 17 - Departures, MDW 18 - Decoding Design, MDW 20 - Light + Life, MDW 21 - Wisdom of Objects); Globelight, Melbourne (2016 – 2013); and his work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. His large-scale commissions include his interactive lighting installation 39 Steps for the Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne (2019).

A distinguishable nod to nature is a gesture of our place in space, while the application of science reflects our potential as human beings. These cycles of Earth and discovery are celebrated, meeting at an intersection of industrial design. This inspiration pushes the atelier’s work into an experiential realm. The conjunction of experience, observation and sensory function form a unique take on what would otherwise be a decorative piece.

39 Steps, Ilan El

This webinar is free but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. Successful registrants will be notified by reply email and will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom platform shortly before the event. To receive this email with the Zoom link, the deadline for registration is 24 hours before the event, but please note that some recent webinars have been booked out well over a week in advance.

This event continues a series of webinars organized and presented free of charge by the Colour Society of Australia NSW Division during the covid-19 crisis. These webinars are free to CSA members and non-members around Australia and the world, but as a reward to our members we make bookings available to members-only for about a week before we make them available to non-members, to ensure that no member need miss out on a place provided that they register promptly, and we also usually make the webinar recordings available to CSA members only. CSA membership is open to all at CSA members who only intend to watch the video recording after the event do not need to register, as the recording will be available to all CSA members shortly after the webinar.

Here's a colourful one-minute clip from the video recording of our October 31 webinar "A Conversation about Colour" with eminent Australian sculptor, painter and educator Ron Robertson-Swann, hosted by artist Aly Indermühle.

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