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Title: Interstitial space : the Eagle Document : performativity and spatio-temporal assemblage in the contemporary moving image installation space (MIS)
Author: Oechsler, Monika
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2011
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This study investigates the perceptive modalities constituted by the multi-screen projection installation and its architectural and spatial forms. The thesis explores the hypothesis that the affective spatial experience created by the spatially configured moving image space (MIS) produces changed spectatorial positions from that of the single screen (or one-directional multi screen). The research asks: How can we understand the spatially configured multi-screen projection installation as constituting a changed aesthetic perception for the spectator? The MIS comprises two major temporalities, the multi-image structure and the mobile spectator whose physical interaction articulates the receptive process. Thus, perception in the MIS is not purely constructed through vision. Instead, the spatio-temporal assemblage shapes other direct sense phenomena. These are the spatial intensities produced by the spatial field, i.e. variable sensations of spatial receptivity, which are not mediated by the gaze but experienced directly by the body. Further, the mobile gaze of the moving spectator intersects with the moving images, and constructs vision as fluid and transient. Merleau-Ponty (2006), first published 1945, proposed that the mobile orientation of the body in space creates changing points of reference and alters both vision and embodied experience of space. The analysis of two inter-related concepts aims to contribute to a new understanding of the MIS. The first is the interstitial modality established by the screen architecture which engenders temporal and spatial gaps that interrupt the process of perception. Interstitiality here serves as an analytical tool in discerning the specific spectatorial positions instituted by individual installations. The second is the process of inter-animation which is constituted by the corporeal interaction of the spectator in the animated space of the MIS. Spatial and temporal effects act upon the body of the viewer. In turn, the viewer negotiates the unfamiliar space and multiple interstices through intuitive reaction. Deleuze (1994), first published 1968, suggested that spatial intensities and differences create immediate sensory impact which is experienced as intuition. Intuition intervenes in the visual process and expands perception from observation and reflection to intuitive action.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified