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Title: The Authenticity of Clay and its Re-definition Within Contemporary Practice: Ceramic Familiarity and the Contribution to Expansion
Author: Livingstone, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0001 3611 4710
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2008
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The objective of this research both through practice and text is to investigate the notion of ceramic familiarity, and how its position within contemporary ceramic practice contributes towards a re-definition of authenticity. The re-presentation of I • familiarity is explored within the context of the expanded field of ceramic discourse where notable enhanced critique is stimulated in a challenge toward tniditional authentication. Practical research is evidenced through documented individual works, which investigate the use of clay in the context of a challenge to authentic discourse. This notion is specifically expressed within the frameworks that include installation, . conceptual and time-based activity - integral to these areas of investigation is the exploration of digital media and non-ceramic elements within ceramic practice. The symbiotic presentation of both fine and applied art discourses acknowledges blurred boundaries within contemporary practice and hence this observation instructs a juxtaposed position in which to examine the contained elements. The methodology employed in this research engages both practice and theory. Practical research engages studio activity resulting in the construction of artworks that are both exhibited and consequentially documented photographically. Text-based research employs standard reference methods and this is supported further by recorded and transcribed interviews with practitioners and theorists within the field. The conclusions drawn from this research demonstrate that the position of familiarity contributes significantly to a re-definition of authenticity within contemporary ceramic discourse. The materiality of clay and the process of making have emerged as significant elements in respect of con~emporaryapplication, and most notably in respect of artists whose outputs are most often positioned on the boundaries of authentic discourse. The investigation of these elements within eXPanded practice concludes that familiarity can be evidenced as a central force in respect of a contribution to contemporary expansion.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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