On the Validity of Illusion (and its Attractions)

Date created: 
2014-09-26
Identifier: 
etd8652
Keywords: 
Video
Performance
Romanticism
Trompe l’oeil
Panpsychism
New Age
Abstract: 

A material aesthetic practice of making objects, works on paper, and performance; a mystically tinged exploration of lived experience; and a path of theoretical research are synthesized through the co-ordinating “Now” of the camera lens. The resulting 31 minute, 2 channel video confronts a mystery. A spiritual teacher appears, internet-style, on a monitor and a contemporary artist runs aesthetic tests. These tests include the presentation of objects and colored materials and the staging of scenarios all within a system of reflective surfaces. Driven by fascination and a sense of play, the video shifts between the totality of illusion and the clues of its ruse. As with the techniques of trompe L’oeil, a gap opens between belief and knowledge—an open space of inquiry.

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.
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Senior supervisor: 
Judy Radul
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology:
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.
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