Colour of the day no. 12 – Acetylene black

solid block of colour acetylene black

Colour of the day no 12 - Acetylene black

Acetylene Black

The preparation of this pigment involves exploding a mixture of acetylene and air under pressure. It gives a particularly pure type of carbon black. One of its uses is as a filler in plastics to impart electrical conductivity.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Acetylene black reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete. This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.

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2 responses to “Colour of the day no. 12 – Acetylene black

  1. Richard Welch

    I think I’d rename this one Very Black.

  2. It reminds of Richard Burton reading Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. My proposed new name for it is therefore: “Starless and Bible Black”

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