Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Digital Media

First Advisor

Shona Kitchen

Second Advisor

Mark Cetillia

Third Advisor

Nora Khan

Abstract

My artistic practice explores the possibility of shifting anthropocentric perspectives through media installations. These perspectives exist in the positions we hold in relation to the environment: they continue to exteriorize and distance humans from the environment. To reorient our attention in its direction, and the other-than-human life forms that sustain it, is a social imperative of our times. Reevaluating our engagement with the other, meaning other beings or selves, including other-than-human selves and landscapes, is to readjust our relationship with the environment. It is a way to reposition how to be and to act in the world, but to do so with a different perspective, one that can be framed by time-based media that focuses on the other.

Media installations offer sensory experiences that, through the projection of moving images and sound, mediate the viewers’ relationship to an ecology in atmospheric spaces permeated with light, color, and sound. Through them, I create spaces to question human perspectives and consider other-than-human points of view. In my artistic practice, I use media in installation form for its ability to generate reframed relations to imagine perspectives and narratives that immerse the viewer in “the lives of others.” It’s a practice of making space, to consider the positions of other selves by incorporating different frames of reference available in media.

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