Living lens: exploring interdependencies between performing bodies, visual and sonic media in immersive installation

Verdaasdonk, Maria Adriana (2007) Living lens: exploring interdependencies between performing bodies, visual and sonic media in immersive installation. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Living Lens is a practice-led study that explores interdependencies between performing bodies, visual images and sonic elements through two main areas of investigation: the propensity for the visual mode to be dominant in an interdisciplinary performance environment; and, a compositional structure to integrate performing bodies, visual and sonic elements. To address these concerns, the study necessitated a collaborative team comprising performers, visual artists, sound designers and computer programmers. The poetic title, Living Lens, became an important interpretative device and organising principle in this study, which is weighted 70% for the creative work and 30% for the written component. Working from an experiential and emergent methodology, the research employed two iterative cycles of development. Drawing on a previous work, Patchwork in Motion (2005), the extraction of one fragment entitled Living Lens (2005-6) was selected for further development, specifically to balance the relationship between performers and visual media with a deeper focus on the sonic component. The initial creative development (June-July 2005) addressed the area of interdependencies through the concepts of "poetic felt space" and "living painting", whilst the final stage of the study (June-July 2006) adopted the concept of "worlds within worlds" to facilitate greater contrast and connectivity in the piece. The final performance made partial progress towards shifting visual dominance and the development of an integrative structure, the digital media serving to enhance tangible connections between aural, visual and kinesthetic senses. As an immersive performance installation, the study thus adapts and extends painterly and sculptural sensibilities into a contemporary and interactive arts setting. Presenting a case for the personalised position of the practitioner voice, the study also offers practical and conceptual insights and solutions, to be adopted, adapted or applied tangentially, by other practitioners and researchers working in the domains of body movement practices, visual and sonic arts and human communication technologies.

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ID Code: 16631
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Stock, Cheryl & Vella, Richard
Keywords: performer-media interdependencies, immersive installation, poetic felt space, living painting, multi-sensory, butoh, dance/movement, body-as-texturiser, embodied visualisation, visual imagery, digital collage, sound palette, adaptable clusters, interactivity
Divisions: Past > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:07
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:50

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