Standard what does it mean for us?
Light intensity is measured in Lux, but what is 1(one) Lux?
On 2 April 1960 at 13.00 the light intensity was methodically measured along the same latitude across Europe and the average became the definition of what 1 Lux is.
In Norway the light reality we live in is 1/3 in winter darkness, 1/3 in Nordic summer light and about 1/3 in that light, the same light as the rest of Europe. What does it mean to have a standard and is it a necessary practice it or can we be more elastic in spatial understanding and art practice?
Author and former professor of sociology Else Øyen, who according to the Store Norske Leksikon, is one of the prominent figures in Norwegian social research in the latter half of the 1990s. On the morning of 2 December 2022, we had a breakfast conversation about the standard and my research entitled <To Harbor light and color. Å Favne lys og farge >.
How can we understand the meaning and value of the standard and the European standard that defines what 1 (one) LUX is?
During the conversation I made some notes and afterwards I have interpreted them and tested how it looks under the categorizations True Reality (more man-made) and Current Reality (more inclusive of nature).
Standards are an academic issue that is also a political academic issue. When we sense, how do we identify values and how do we scale values up and who is affected by them?
About True Reality and Current Reality
- Prestige and Economy, a symbiosis. The show must go on. Being an expert
in different areas of design is also a description of an economy. The combination with experts who use the standard of succeeding in getting associated with big economy.
- All fixed standards such as fashion is economically viable, associated with an understanding
of inside-design and outside-design.
- It is usually those who use pre-agreed standards who lead education.
- The work with design, when you fight for a lux standard in design,
more often leads to acceptance and new jobs in new places.
- About reality
- Sometimes the design is unique because it is location-oriented and include expertise
and local experience. Developing a unique design does not have to be wild, extreme or
10% riskier than what the engineers calculate is possible.
- Color circle is man-made - spectral shows light and color include nature.
- Context and time perspective. Who will take over the design and what does it mean?
This design issue is more about living with design than designing.
- When it comes to using LUX as standard, it does not affect what we see.
- With a natural, local, and site-oriented understanding of light, we can use instruments such as spectrometers.
- Surface color is more than just a surface problem.
- When one thinks location-oriented, there will be more random variables and an openness that better includes artistic research (development work).
- When it comes to LUX as standard, it affects what we opt out of, what we don't see. Because it was technically difficult to measure light intensity and light color, it has largely been about surface color to deal with the colored surface.
- With the natural, local, and local light differences that include how we experience light
and color, we can live a better life with color.
Elastic design thinking. Design reflection as part of artistic development is design that is different and partly without standards.
- Free research. Artistic development work is critical use of standards.
With open standards, the art of design can be adapted to more interests.
- Sustainability. An example is when it is more location-oriented and less standard.
- Method and political power. All standardization can exclude elastic design thinking.
When custom designed, quite a few more interests are made political.
- Human made design. Elastic standards, have different interest groups and multiple values.
- Design for empathy. Standard and empathy. When the Other feels the design gives a sense of belonging and will return for that reason.
- Design with sympathy. When the design shows understanding for the Other who can provide a better life.
Can we let natural light and color make up a greater proportion of our ideas and practices?
With a more elastic standard in the processes for designing rooms could they be more sustainable use and locally oriented?