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

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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
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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
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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.

Intellectual identity and the culture industry: Critical thought about intellectuals and mass culture from Adorno to Seinfeld

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2006
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intellectual Identity and the Culture Industry: Critical Thought about Inte11'ectuals and Mass Culture discusses the life of the intellect and the intellectual as they relate, or fail to relate to, the problems of mass culture. In Chapter One, I evaluate the work of Theodor W. Adorno. I consider Adorno's critique of jazz as the prototype for his formidable assault on the culture industry at large and its role in the downfall of intellectual discourse. I identify comedy as a potentially subversive strain within mass culture. I advance what is not so much a methodological or historical approach to intellectuals and mass culture, but an attitude toward the phenomena under investigation, one that is, following Adorno, both uncompromising and intellectually rigorous. Chapter Two charts the fate of the intellectual both in and outside of ac:ademia, particularly as addressed by critiques of The Last Intellectuals. Russell Jacoby, Andrew Ross, Richard A. Posner and Noam Chomsky are discussed in terms of intellectual life in our time. Chapter Three surveys the mass cultural landscape, singling out the television comedy Seinfeld as exemplary of the best of what mass culture is capable of, demonstrating my own ability to 'do' Critical Theory, and to forward a cultural critique reflecting moral, ethical and spiritual criteria of judgment. The partial absence of a completely unified resolution between these two chapters resonates with an apprehension of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School as breaking with the intellectual tradition of foundationalism that emphasizes unity. As such what is presented is a critical alternative to the dominance of the intellectual tradition running from Descartes through positivism. I contend that the problem of intellectual life in relation to mass culture resists harmonious integration into a singular conceptual totality, because I maintain hope that the individual intellect can retain a degree of integrity and efficacy in spite of a monolithic cultural apparatus bent on deluding us at the junciture where culture comes to function as social control.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Jerald Zaslove
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Special Arrangements: English, Humanities, Fine Arts, Communication - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)