Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Keetra Dean Dixon
Record is both a noun and a verb. Its meaning shifts through pronunciation, beginning with our cognitive interpretation and then emerging as a translation that we project from our mouths. This thesis book is an artifact, or record, of the past two years of artistic inquiry. My work, however, lives through movement in time—it records my impulses. This thesis is merely an open archive.
A range of stimuli competes for our conscious attention. The signals we choose to notice emerge from the periphery of our atmosphere, which includes everything from noise to silence. I use design to amplify and alter signals and background noise to create unexpected and mysterious new experiences from the everyday. Leveraging the visual, aural and kinetic, my work celebrates the variation of individual perception, while bringing awareness to the exchanges we have with other people and species in the shared environments we inhabit.
The works in this thesis employ transposition between digital and analog spaces, cinematic storytelling through installation and documentation, and narrative shifts while moving in and out of different mediums. I use film and audio to capture these experiences. I grasp at the intangible, invisible forces of daily life—sound, light and the fleeting essence of movement and conversation.
Auman, Amy, "Record : from signal to atmosphere, and the spaces between silence and noise" (2019). Masters Theses. 342.
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