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Title: Outsider cosmology and studio practice
Author: Ogilvie, Charles
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 1476
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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This D.Phil constitutes an investigation led by studio practice and supported by archival and desk-based research into knowledge production through the building of complex cosmologies; specifically those created de novo in visual art practice and 'outsider science' oeuvres. It considers how these cosmologies relate to mainstream science, definitions of outsider art, and other complex cultural systems such as alchemy. Through a more detailed analysis of the work of the British artist John Latham and American outsider cosmologist James Carter, the thesis undertakes this investigation through discussions on the development of these systems and a consideration of the epistemologies these cosmologies reveal. The studio practice elements drive this investigation forward by interrogating themes including the relationship between culture and complex systems, alchemical epistemology, and the struggle to relate to unintuitive science.
Supervisor: Grayson, Richard ; Catling, Brian Sponsor: AHRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: outsider art ; John Latham ; practice based research ; epistemology ; cosmology ; art ; James Carter ; Foucault ; outsider science