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Potency of the invisible : an exploration into urban symbiotics through installation practice


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Robinson, Denise Ava 2010 , 'Potency of the invisible : an exploration into urban symbiotics through installation practice', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research project explores the 'invisible' beyond the visible; elements that inform
and affect personal experience within the urban site.

Psychological, physiological and philosophical aspects of the human experience form
the theoretical premise of the project. The human desire to order and find meaning
informs the artistic exploration and processes resulting in a series of installations as a
visual representation of the symbiotic relationships evident within urban space.
Interest in the complex and intricate interchanges between external (environmental)
and internal (personal) elements underpin this investigation. The personal experience
of relocation and dislocation provided impetus to explore the innate desire to connect
or find meaning in a place. The project examines conscious and unconscious
behaviours, and cognitive processes central to the individual's quest to mark territory
or define 'place' in order to embed within them a sense of belonging.

Reference is made to artists who work in reductive abstraction, biographical interplay
between life and art, and divergent material processes - Robert Hunter, Robert Irwin,
Agnes Martin, Kasmir Malevich and Piet Mondrian are discussed for their reductive
use of mark or colour as visual exploration of the inexplicable; Joseph Beuys, Kurt
Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg and Dieter Roth whose works reflect personal
investigations into the intersection between life and art; and Eva Hesse's work is
examined for her exploration and use of disparate materials and processes.

The philosophical focus for the research includes Henri Lefebvre's writings on
'rhythm-analysis', Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (2008),
and Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space (1994); providing critical dialogue for
the investigation into body-environment experience. Anne Buttimer and David
Seamon's The Human Experience of Space and Place (1980), together with Irwin
Altman and Setha Low' s Place Attachment, Human Behaviour and Environment
(1992), provided in-depth analysis into the inter-relatedness between person and

My intent is to decode the personal experience of the urban environment, and through
integrated processes of transforming every day banal activity and objects, reflect the
collective experience. The systematic, repetitive ordering and diarising processes
contain a personal narrative of every day activities that lay at the core of our
subjective experience. Personal discarded matter and urban detritus are amalgamated
and fused into various absorbent surfaces reflecting the continual interchanges and
transformations that underpin human experience. The visual outcome of this research
project seeks to reflect, expose, and ultimately reconnect us with, the often 'invisible'
woven into our lives .

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Robinson, Denise Ava
Keywords: Found objects (art), Place (Philosophy) in Art, Installations (art)
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Accompanying DVD contains additional material.. Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references

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