For me color is science and technology. Although it transforms, mutates and mixes, because sometimes it is also mystique, mythology, history, culture, magic, experimentation and imagination. I have recently sought to expand my relationship with color by exploring it from my passion for exponential technologies such as mobile applications, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

After developing Lumenoscope, a VR app for augmented color perception, designed with a filter that allows us to perceive inverted colors (in negative), I think that the sense of sight is incomplete, since there is this other hidden half of light and color that the human eye cannot contemplate. I am obsessed with using Lumenoscope to reveal this unexplored dimension, thus complementing and expanding the associations and relationships of a color or an image.

My process begins with some discovery that I make about the behavior of color in this positive-negative chromatic transmutation. Then, I investigate, problematize and try to put into dialogue a cluster of unexpectedly found associations that reach scientific, technological, mythological, cultural, social, historical and environmental dimensions.


Luis Merchan (Bogotá, 1984) received his BFA from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia and Coral Springs, FL in the USA. He is a member of the Singularity University Global Community, a Silicon Valley-based technology community supported by Google and NASA, which brings together and inspires leaders from around the world to promote and develop exponential technologies as tools that can solve humanity's great challenges.

He has lately worked in collaboration with technology companies that develop solutions for some of the Global Grand Challenges. Among them, Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Alberta-Canada, a finalist for Carbon XPRIZE, which uses nanotechnology to solidify carbon dioxide and embed it in a variety of materials, in an attempt to combat global warming and build a low-carbon future.

He has exhibited individually at the Espacio El Dorado gallery in Bogotá and within the framework of the first Ibero-American symposium on innovation, science and new technologies at the Nueva Granada Military University in Bogotá.