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Title: The concept of 'sacredness' : Traditional and internet-based imagery in religious architecture
Author: Kang, Jong-Jean
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 3547
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2010
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Sacredness is one of several human concepts which attempt to frame a spontaneous reaction to unknown and mysterious forces. The normal representation of sacredness is through religious imagery and practices. To address such an ideology needs an understanding of the essential concept of sacredness and a specific sense of its expression. The writer is a professional photographer, digital theorist, and also a Roman Catholic concerned with modern expressions of religious faith. The internet is one of the most effective methods of facilitating the depiction of human life today and I am interested in expressing forms of sacredness through a website and in addressing the difficulties this entails. I have analysed the methods and concepts used for the representation of sacredness through various media, and intend to make an appropriate example as an educational resource, making creative use of new media and photography. The primary aim of this research is to present case studies of numerous elements of sacredness, through a study of the Bulguksa Buddhist Temple, based on the website which I have built (http: //bulguksa. pe. kr) and my own photographs. It is intended it will become a valuable research example of delivering the artist's intentions through the internet or other media. The body of work of this investigation divides into two parts. The first is two forms of practical artworks which are; a website of Bulguk Temple and a photographic artist's book, entitled `The sacred light in silence'. The second is a written component which is divided into two books. Book 1 consists of theoretical research around the concept of the sacred in religious architecture through the five research questions and includes case studies of historical and contemporary artists and their artworks. Book 2 consists of critical research of my artworks, the website and selected photographs with my original analysis methodology. The four items of the two parts - Book 1, Book 2, the Artist's Book and a CD-rom - are enclosed in a wooden box, designed by me and based on Korean traditional furniture design (for reasons expanded upon in the text). In conclusion: visualising sacredness is dependent upon retaining its meanings and properties during the transformation from three dimensions (real world) to a two dimensional plane of expression. Human emotion manifests itself in response to internal and external stimuli. That is, the spiritual essence of sacredness can be fully evoked by the combination of human feeling and reverence, and the magnification of the sacred, by means of external visual media. This thesis explores the nature of sacredness and its visualisation through photography and the website. vii
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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