When will my hands become roots?

Date created: 
2014-10-03
Identifier: 
etd8739
Keywords: 
Chiasm
Interdisciplinary Art
Installation Art
Performance
Cultural Identity
Personal Memory
Displacement.
Abstract: 

When will my hands become roots? is a performance and installation motivated by the sense of displacement and desire to belong, which I draw from my own experience growing up in Brazil and then moving to Canada. The project is inspired by phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty's notion of body as chiasm (from the Greek letter chi “x” used to describe crossing over relations), which defines that body and world are intertwined by their common texture, the flesh. Following the idea of the chiasm, I cross over elements from both the performance stage and the art gallery into a project that combines my personal memories, cultural identity questions, and interdisciplinary interests. The outcome is a sensorial installation with performance elements and a performance with visual art elements.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
File(s): 
Brief video documentation of the installation section of the project When will my hands become roots?
Excerpts from the performance section of the project When will my hands become roots?
Supervisor(s): 
Rob Kitsos
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology:
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.
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