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Title: Physical interaction with electronic instruments in devised performance
Author: Spowage, Neal
ISNI:       0000 0004 6058 4773
Awarding Body: De Montfort University
Current Institution: De Montfort University
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis describes how I took part in a series of collaborations with dancers Danai Pappa and Katie Hall, musician George Williams and video artist Julie Kuzminska. To realise our collaborations, I built electronic sculptural instruments from junk using bricolage, the act of subversion, skip diving and appropriation. From an auto-ethnographic viewpoint, I explored how collaborations began, how relationships developed and how various levels of expertise across different disciplines were negotiated. I examined how the documentation of the performances related to, and could be realised as, video art in their own right. I investigated the themes of work, labour and effort that are used in the process of producing and documenting these works in order to better understand how to ‘create’. I analysed the gender dynamics that existed between my collaborators and myself, which led to the exploration of issues around interaction and intimacy, democratic roles and live art. The resulting works challenged gender stereotypes, the notion of what a musical instrument can be and how sound is produced through action/interaction. I found that reflective time was imperative; serendipity, constant awareness of one’s environment, community and intimate relationships greatly enhanced the success of the collaborations. Instruments became conduits and instigators with shifting implied genders based on their context or creative use. As well as sound being a product of movement, effort and interaction, I realised it was also an artefact of the instruments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Collaborations ; Sculptural Instruments ; Bricolage ; Subversion ; Skip Diving ; Appropriation ; Negotiating Varying Levels of Expertise ; Video Documentation ; Video Art ; Work ; Labour ; Effort ; Gender Dynamics in Performance ; Intimacy ; Democratic Roles ; Live Art ; Music ; Performance Art ; Noise Music ; D.I.Y. Elecronics ; Junk Sculpture ; Hardware Hacking ; Gender Stereotypes ; Gender ; Musical Instrument ; Interaction ; Serendipity ; Community ; Commensality ; Live Performance ; Sound ; Artecacts ; Electronic Music ; Creativity