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Title: How we are together : generosity and dissonance in internet-situated performance art
Author: Dunlop, Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 7427 1145
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2018
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How we are together: generosity and dissonance in internet-situated performance art is a practice as research PhD that focuses on how artistic practices engage with the increasing ubiquity of internet communication. Specifically, it addresses how performance art practices respond to the ways internet-enabled technologies augment and extend the interactions between individuals. How we are together investigates what “together” means as internet communication technologies become ubiquitous, and how social relations interweave the on and offline sites of contemporary culture. Through a series of artworks devised alongside written analyses, the project demonstrates the ways in which “internet-situated” performance and performative artworks highlight the increasing digital mediation of contemporary practices of relation. These practices, and the relationships instantiated through them, are the basis of an investigation into the entangled politics of the emotional and technological. How we are together defines a set of contemporary “internet-situated” performance art practices, creating a subset of internet art that is specifically using and referring to the social processes of digital communications. The innovative nature of this thesis emerges from its approach to the interconnected emotional and technological politics of internet communications through its theorising of the concepts “generosity” and “dissonance”. Expanding upon Rosalyn Diprose’s Corporeal Generosity (2004), this project demonstrates how generosity operates as a tool in artistic practice that emphasises relation and enacts a specific openness and care through the terms of reciprocity in exchange. Dissonance, defined by building on theories of friction, failure and disruption in both technology and performance, provides a new critical intervention into the imbrication of emotion with digital technologies in contemporary culture. The conceptual and practical interventions of dissonance and generosity are demonstrated across the written analyses and artistic practice, which developed in parallel over the period of research. The project asks: In what specific ways is the practice of art shaped and forged by the new contingencies of relations that emerge within internet-situated contexts? In answering this question, I combine performance studies and feminist cultural theories with practice as research; this produces a new and innovative engagement with both digital philosophies and performance practices. This practice as research approach draws on feminist epistemologies to emphasise situated knowledges and emotion. In this way, the thesis bridges the theoretical gap between theories that address the politics of emotion and those that focus on the impacts of digital technologies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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