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Interconnectedness with the natural world : a journey of moments and interactions

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Peters, Carly Grace 2011 , 'Interconnectedness with the natural world : a journey of moments and interactions', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Interconnectedness with the Natural World: a journey of moments and interactions
explores and responds to the human individual's relationship with the organic
environment. This project examines those moments when the individual may have a
sense of connection, of interconnection to the organic environment. This study
explores times such as when a very human interaction with the natural environment
occurs - running barefoot in the grass - and the sudden awareness of and awakening
to their surrounds that transpires.
The idea of the moment is integral to the research, and a creature that I have come to
see as being a hybrid of both time and place. This moment that contains the
individual and their experience of interconnection with their surrounds is one that has
propelled the further study of the very subjective nature of human interactions with
their surrounds. I examine the way in which time and place play their roles in these
very personal and organic moments between the two protagonists. I explore and
delve into the way these moments of interconnectedness with the organic
environment contain so very much - the concept of time and place and experience
and Self, but also the very physicality of these elements.
It is this somewhat intangible and undefinable nature of time, place and experience
that relates directly to that open-endedness of the moment, and reinforces the
concept. In a similar way, the very subjective manner of the human experience of
these elements is enveloped and encapsulated by the equally subjective nature of this
moment of interconnectedness.
My creative responses to these ideas take the form of both a visual and sound-based
installation. Both components of the work remain very organic in response to the
organic subject of my research. I focus heavily on utilising organic, recycled
materials and sounds taken directly from the environment to respond to and reflect
on these explorations of the subjective nature of the moment of interaction with the
surrounding organic world. I have created a space where I endeavour to show the
work in such a way that it invites the viewer to experience it, correlating directly to
the idea of the subjective experience of the individual.
The greatest importance of this research, visual, sound and theoretical has been to
gain a greater understanding of and arrive at a realisation of the very organic yet
intangible nature of this moment of interaction between the individual and the
organic environment. I have endeavoured to arrive at a deeper and more
comprehensive understanding of the moment of experience that occurs between the
two, the role of time, place and experience, and the sense of interconnectedness that
arises.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Peters, Carly Grace
Keywords: Phenomenology and art, Installations (Art), Nature (Aesthetics), Space and time in art
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. CD and DVD contain additional material.. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2011. Includes bibliographical references

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