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Enchanted world : a visual investigation into the space of seduction


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Johnson, Kylie(Kylie Louise) 2002 , 'Enchanted world : a visual investigation into the space of seduction', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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To be seduced is to be preoccupied, absorbed or
enchanted by someone or something to the point where
ones individual identity dissolves into nothingness. It is an
opportunity to have a break from the pressures and
circumstance of one's life, in fact of one's entire being.
And yet the experience of seduction, like all experience is
unsustainable and fleeting. Seduction operates within a
psychological space that is separate to that of everyday
This research project is an investigation into extending
seduction beyond the limits of the original ephemeral
moment through visual imagery. Its aim has been to
develop visual languages through which to suggest the
psychological space of seduction with specifics from lived
seductive experiences being used as the vehicle for
instigating this. These moments have become part of
performative scenarios that have been activated after the
original seductive experience has ended. These scenarios
are termed secondary seduction. The documentation of
these experiences forms the artwork, which is presented
as books, digital prints, sound, and video. The artwork has been contextualised through a written
discussion of recent art practice. The exegesis specifically
references artists working with the cross over between
personal and public space, performative interactions within
the real world and the use of text within visual art practice.
Within the exegesis seduction has been discussed with
reference to the writing of Jean Baudrillard and in terms of
personal experiences of seduction.
In conclusion, the impetus for this investigation has been
to extend seduction beyond the confines of the initial
fleeting experience. That the exhibited artwork suggest the
psychological space of seduction and thereby have the
potential to prompt an audience's own memories of

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Johnson, Kylie(Kylie Louise)
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Includes exhibition catalogues in back pocket. Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

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