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Title: New utopia
Author: Matsubara, Mayumi
ISNI:       0000 0004 0123 5530
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2008
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When I observed Japan from a distance for the first time, I found a similarity between Japanese society and the idea of 'Utopia, 1 and I became interested in society as subject matter. Researching Plato and Thomas More's ideas of 'utopia 1 was the starting point of my research. When I realized Utopia is indeed a place without freedom, I became interested in the other 'possible world/ a world different from our reality. I have been obsessed with the idea, and I began making artworks related to the idea. 'Heterotopia 1 seemed to have a strong connection with the 'possible world, 1 and Michel Foucault became essential for my theoretical study. I spent a year researching on the theory, which later became the foundation of my studio practice. Along with these theoretical studies, I researched photographs of children which were related to the subject of my digital practice. By analyzing the work, I developed and understanding my practice. I improved the interdisciplinary aspects of my work by researching related artworks and films, and developed advanced techniques in digital media and collage. After studying the theory and writing the proposal for the Professional Doctorate programme, I found it difficult time for me to organize my ideas and relate these thoughts to my practice. The critical reviews helped me to reconsider my work and its presentation. While concentrating on my study and practice, I collaborated with other artists and designers in professional practice. I also curated a group exhibition, and the experience expanded my art practice in a new way.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D. Fine Art) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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