A porous field : immersive inter-media installation and blurring the boundaries of perception

Verban, Alison Jane (2007) A porous field : immersive inter-media installation and blurring the boundaries of perception. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Through creative and theoretical research, this practice-led PhD project investigates the conditions that facilitate embodied sensory awareness within digital inter-media installation. Central to this exploration are questions concerning ‘immersion.’ The research uses this term to describe a transformation in perception that allows us to shake off representational and symbolic meaning in favour of embodied, sensory and intuitive awareness within an installation space. Drawing from embodied memories of immersion in natural and spiritual environments, I consider the elements that contributed to these experiences and ask whether it is possible to create this sense of immersion in art. I then consider the elements that produce immersive, inter-media environments including space, sound, light, and projected moving images. Drawing on theoretical and artistic precedents, I propose a set of principles for producing a sense of embodied sensory immersion. The practical outcomes of the research - three digital inter-media installations included in the exhibition, in an other light - incorporate different combinations and treatments of these material elements to investigate and test the proposed principles.

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ID Code: 19237
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Hamilton, Jillian & Mafe, Daniel
Keywords: immersion, embodied awareness, sensory perception, multi-sensory, phenomenology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, art and spirituality, time-based art, sound art, sound installation, projected moving image, installation, digital inter-media art, minimalist sculpture/installation, post-minimalist installation, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Wassily Kandinsky, Fourth dimension, Pierre Schaeffer, Brian Eno, Michael Brewster, Maryanne Amacher, Bernhard Leitner, Bill Viola, Steiner Vasulka, creative practice, practice-led research
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2009 04:17
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 02:21

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