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Unframed Movement: Issues in digital media and a history of framed visuality

Brisbin, Christopher A. (2005) Unframed Movement: Issues in digital media and a history of framed visuality. In School of Geography, Planning, and Archietcure Research Showcase, The University of Queensland.

Abstract

This dissertation explores the way in which image-technologies have been historically used to represent ‘space’ within Architecture, Art, and within the broader social history of visual culture. This research is undertaken in order to provide insights into the way in which new and emerging image-technologies might effect our understand of, and interaction with, both real space and image-rich virtual space. Several key historical image-artefacts and technologies are discussed and critiqued through both discursive analysis and conceptual demonstration. This technique is applied in order to demonstrate what is conceptually at stake in the exemplar, therefore providing insights into alternative applications and uses of these concepts. This research aims to explore cross-disciplinary connections so as to contribute to our understanding of visuality in new and informative ways. For example, the spatial and compositional concepts that underpin the use of image-technologies such as Virtual Reality and the seamless integration of computer generated imagery into cinema, still employ concepts that were developed in the fifteenth-century without question, i.e. Perspective. Therefore, contextualising the cultural and historical context in which Perspective was developed, whilst simultaneously demonstrating how perspective is used in the representation of space, affords a framework through which to question the relevancy of Perspective today. In this thesis, this is achieved through the exploration of new and innovative methods of analysis and documentation that explore the many related concepts that underpin how the representation of space has been theorised and understood historically, such as the interrelation between static and moving viewers and medieval pictorialism, the perspectival picture plane, viewpoint and viewfield, and the frame and ‘framelessness’ of new media. The subsequent knowledge and concepts that are drawn from these historical exemplars, and from my own demonstrations, will provide new ways of thinking about representation, the relevancy of which extends beyond the core discipline of Architecture into Art history and Visual Cultural studies.

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ID Code: 12277
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
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Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Christopher A. Brisbin
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:55

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