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Title: Toward a Material Poetics : Sign, Subject, Site.
Author: Kreider , Kristen Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0001 3602 4563
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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The aim of this practice-led PhD thesis is to develop a material poetics, informed theoretically. Cultivating a poetic practice in relation to fine art and spatial practice, I originate a body of artworks including poetry, artist books, installation art, moving image and textual interventions into architectural and urban sites. Six artworks are documented in this thesis, interlocking with five 'critical acts' where I explore elements of poetic practice ('word,' 'line,' 'page,' 'voice' and 'punctuation') in relation to materiality, spatiality and subjectivity by looking specifically at Jenny Holzer's Lustmord, Fiona Templeton's Cells of Release, Emily Dickinson's later manuscripts, Theresa Hak . Kyung Cha's Passages Paysages and Roni Horn's Pair Object III: For Two Rooms. From my creative and critical practice emerges a triadic relation of intersecting concerns between 'sign,' 'subject' and 'site' that I explore in my theoretical writing. Arguing that formalist linguistic theory is capable neither of accounting for the material quality of the sign nor its relation to an object, I cultivate an appreciation of the sign as an indexical symbol, in a material sense, as the basis for the sign in a material poetics. I then demonstrate how the material qualities of sign and site (including the materiality of the page, spatial context and body of the recipient) are integral to the ways in which meanings are generated and received. The indexical symbol, in both a grammatical and material sense, underlies my theory of subjectivity in terms of a discursive and embodied relation between two speaking subjects, as 'I' and 'you,' premised on 'voice' as an act of material spacing. Each artwork and each critical act in this thesis reveals a different configuration of this complex intersubjective dynamic, ultimately offering a reconsideration of the lyric 'I' and 'voice' located at the crossover between contemporary poetry and text-based art practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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