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Title: A taxonomy of deception
Author: Morgan, Catrin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5349 7284
Awarding Body: Royal College of Art
Current Institution: Royal College of Art
Date of Award: 2014
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This project argues that deceptions are worth studying as creative acts. The resulting discoveries are applied to discourses within contemporary narrative illustration. Almost all complex deceptions are texts composed of visual and verbal elements. This research is interested in those deceptions that appear in print and particularly those that involve the creation of a fictional author through a sustained text meant to be considered real by a particular audience. The deceptions concerning this research are not momentary; they exist as specially created artefacts and documents and are sustained over a substantial period of time. These deceptions are not necessarily created by artists or authors, they may be created by any person who utilises a particular methodology: the appropriation and collage of visual and narrative fragments to create the illusion of a seamless whole. The images in these deceptions respond to the Internet and fragmentary, circular or real time narrative in a way that mainstream illustration, as yet, does not. The research methodology is empirical; evidence of the deceptions’ dissemination and repetition is collected. These are the texts; the illustrated fictions analysed by the thesis. The taxonomy organises them according to their aesthetic characteristics, avoiding psychological speculation and focusing on their substance. The concept of ‘fake literature’ within literary theory and the increasing use of strategies amongst artists that question discredited notions of authenticity are also considered. Certain philosophical theories about the nature of language are used to clarify the discussion.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design