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Adaptation beyond an ideal, a sculptural enquiry


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Booth, Ben (Benjamin Michael) 2004 , 'Adaptation beyond an ideal, a sculptural enquiry', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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To survive and travel within environments that do not accommodate the body,
humans have designed tools that allow for adaptation.
Through sculptural processes I have investigated the idea that humans construct
various aspects of the external world based on a reflected understanding of the
internal workings of the human body and its limitations. By drawing on forms
such as the lifeboat, sleeping bag, hammock and aeronautical equipment,
together with utilising my own dimensions as a design tool I have created a
group of non-representational sculptures. It is my intention to explore how
these sculptures can evoke possible shelters, adaptive vehicles and imaginary
human carapaces. Conceptually this process alludes to structures and vehicles
that transport the occupant beyond an imaginary set of physiological
Various industrial materials such as rubber, timber, steel and fabric have been
utilised, their inherent qualities contributing to design choices made within the
construction process. I have investigated materials and construction techniques
that reveal the making process, and present form and surface as problems to be
resolved on an equal footing. A significant aspect of the project is the
contribution made to the content of the work by time intensive methods of
labour, together with specific material choices. Collectively the works share
aspects of construction in that a skeletal framework configures each piece:
cladding or exposure of this framework varying with each sculpture. Within the project I have researched the work of Lucy Orta, Antony Gormley
and Martin Puryear to inform my research about shelter, dimensional design and
formal concerns regarding material use and form.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Booth, Ben (Benjamin Michael)
Keywords: Sculpture, Australian
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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