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The True Colors of “False” Color: Representing Data Chromatically in NASA Films

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dc.contributor.author Harris, C. E.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-20T14:36:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-20T14:36:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/386893
dc.identifier 10.31009/cc.2021.v9.i17.04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/49354
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the multifaceted uses of color — not (only) to aesthetic ends, but as a tool for translating data into narrative — in a corpus of recent NASA films. Often called ‘false’ color or accused of manipulation, these uses of digital color stray from photorealism but nonetheless have a direct, measurable relationship with physical reality: they use data to render visible that which lies outside the spectrum of visible light. The focus of this paper is on the truth status of these digital films and on the practices used to produce them. It situates them, as a corpus, within and in response to film studies historiographies of color centered around spectacle and the dichotomy of fantasy versus reality, addressing how color can deploy the powers of the false to reveal otherwise invisible truths through art and artifice.
dc.format application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.relation.haspart http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Comparativecinema/article/view/386893/487090
dc.rights.uri Drets d'autor 2021 Comparative Cinema
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 9, Núm. 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 57-78
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol 9, No 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 57-78
dc.source.uri Comparative Cinema; Vol. 9, Núm. 17 (2021): Color Contrast. Chromatic Connections in Cinema; 57-78
dc.source.uri 2604-9821
dc.subject.other Color (meaning and function)
dc.subject.other Digital Film
dc.subject.other Data Visualization
dc.subject.other Epistemology
dc.subject.other Truth Status
dc.subject.other Indexicality
dc.subject.other NASA
dc.title The True Colors of “False” Color: Representing Data Chromatically in NASA Films
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
dc.date.modified 2021-12-19T20:46:49Z


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