Contemporary Arts - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Surfbox sitting on a liquid platform: a note on sensory motility, or the ‘architecture of landing’

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Date created: 
2011-09-23
Abstract: 

This MFA project uses space defined by movement to develop an inscriptive practice, which I will refer to as an ‘architecture of landing’. The term ‘landing’ here refers to the potential of actual motion to augment sensory transformation within space, which in turn accommodates a move from one state of consciousness to another. Walter Benjamin’s fascination with ‘passages’ comprised of transitional potential at the height of early modernism serves as an ideal springboard for this discussion. Just as flâneurie gives its rhythm to new experience, Surfbox Sitting on a Liquid Platform comes into conscious being as perceptual cognition arrived at through motile experience. Surfbox is an exhibition shelter constructed as a public display, using water as a primary material. A lightweight physical structure surrounds an active floor, set into a fluid surface. It becomes active when a visitor steps inside. It is a structure allowing participants to recognize how their movement unfolds within a prepared space, through the attenuation of perceptual cognition. Designed as a corrective to contemporary spectacle, the experience of Surfbox begins with immediate kinesthetic activity, slowly settling into stillness. It is a somatic zone of acoustic and perceptual suggestion, directed toward presence in real time.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Laura Marks
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

A thousand mountains

Date created: 
2011-08-23
Abstract: 

In creating a series of short dances and presenting them in a variety of informal settings, my Thesis Project examines the encounter of emotion to body movement and the transfer of feeling that occurs when movement is witnessed by a live audience. In making the dances in this series I have borrowed performance practices and structures from song-writing traditions in order to frame this body of trans-performance work. The performance of A Thousand Mountains serves as an archive of my artistic research in this vein. The dancesare not strung together to create on over-arching narrative, nor are they seeking to portray characters. They appear as distinct yet related entities. The formal dances are framed by an informal setting and by informal address from performer to audience. This encounter of formality and informality highlights the notion of shifting between states of being, acknowledges the event as a presentation of multiple events and recognizes my presence in relation to others (i.e. liveness).

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Senior supervisor: 
Robert Kitsos
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

Shifty: looking at the space of law

Date created: 
2011-04-15
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This thesis project examines how representations of power are visualized in the context of geopolitical boundaries. In tracing the laws that regulate borders back to the judicial bodies which make them possible, the thesis experiments with images and media representing the space of law. The work in this exhibition creates a space to consider the role of legislative bodies in the naturalization of borders. In doing so, responsibility is placed on the viewer to determine their own role in the imagination and construction of divisions which frame society.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Jin-me Yoon
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

A hammer in perpetual motion / The keyboard is the world

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Date created: 
2011-03-23
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Documentation of a hybrid performance-lecture featuring the music and ideas of "Larry Brown," a fictional composer and Marxist, presented at Simon Fraser University on Jan. 15-16, 2011. The score of "Brown's" piano work A Hammer in Perpetual Motion is reproduced in its entirety. The musical work incorporates musical and biographical references to African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson and the Chilean communist singer-composer Victor Jara. The accompanying text, The Keyboard is the World, adapted from its original performance, examines A Hammer in Perpetual Motion as a political artwork in terms of its instrumentation as material means of production and its incorporation of historical and biographical material into compositional method, as well as the varying readings and usage of political artists and their work to create cultural currency for audiences, states, and other artists.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Owen Underhill
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

The Conference On The Conference

Date created: 
2011-04-15
Abstract: 

Archives of electronic “administrative” exchanges that precede, occur during and are subsequent to the thesis project The Conference On The Conference. The 'event' The Conference On The Conference, at least in this document, remains undocumented. Only features of The Conference On The Conference that pertain to its organization get documented. The archives, titled of the parergonal, exhibits text regulated by The Conference On The Conference Chief Administrator and notably the data architecture that facilitated of the parergonal text transmissions. As archives, of the parergonal, in that they are held within the frame of pre-existing institutional structures/apparatuses that supervene on written exchange, provides frame for interpreting The Conference On The Conference. As well, of the parergonal, as if its own institution, functions as a performative gesture for problematizing the archives as work organized by the terms of contemporary institutions – those of the poetic and those of academic administrations.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Senior supervisor: 
Judy Radul
Department: 
Communication, Art and Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

Mad scientist machine: A telematic conduction experiment

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2010-06-22
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The Mad Scientist Machine is a software/hardware system allowing a user (conductor/composer) to organize a group of players in a structured improvised performance. A local or remote user can utilize the software to control an LED light that is placed in front of each performer. Each colour indicates a different performance instruction. For instance, white signals long tones, whereas green indicates to play noise. The Mad Scientist Machine is an experiment at creating a balance between freedom and structure and at the same time creates a window for the audience into the process of improvisation in music. Transforming a composer’s ideas into specific light cues for an ensemble of players, the Mad Scientist Machine is a combination of a game structure and compositional system.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
File(s): 
Mad Scientist Machine Overview
Senior supervisor: 
Owen Underhill
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.

Freedom

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Judy Radul
Department: 
Communication, Art and Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)

Event

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Judy Radul
Department: 
Communication, Art and Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)

Re-vel-um : intimate acts and forbidden desires

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Santa Aloi
Department: 
Communication, Art and Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)

A case study of Merce Cunningham's use of the LifeForms computer choreographic system in the making of Trackers

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1993
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Iris Garland
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Special Arrangements
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.