The Impossible Project

Author: 
Date created: 
2013-10-03
Identifier: 
etd8070
Keywords: 
Autoethnography
Performance
Identity
Fractals
Mental illness
Medicine
Abstract: 

The Impossible Project is an investigation of the nature of self-identity through a wide range of disciplines. The research began as an autoethnographic study of personal struggle with psychological distress, and extended to a deeper questioning of our societal and cultural assumptions around medicine, and the consequences of these assumptions on how patients experience themselves and others in the world. The primary thrust of the academic thesis was an exploration of these questions through a range of creative, poetic, and performative acts. Rather than denying the truth or validity of modern social institutions and their values, this project strives to find agency in the act of questioning how these structures operate. The sense of self is constantly being disoriented and reoriented through a shifting network of relations between people and structures. The project became a way of revealing the “self” as a process of always becoming more.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed, but not for the text to be copied and pasted.
File(s): 
The Beast that Escaped and a Fine, Fine Flavour Documentation Part 1
The Beast that Escaped and a Fine, Fine Flavour Documentation Part 2
The Beast that Escaped and a Fine, Fine Flavour Documentation Part 3
Senior supervisor: 
DD Kugler
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.
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