Stevens, Grant William (2009) Swell. [Visual Artwork]

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In this video, an abstract kaleidoscopic pattern slowly morphs and changes colour. It is accompanied by a male voice performing a word association or stream-of-consciousness activity. This work examines the nature of consciousness and identity in a contemporary context. It mixes the languages of meditation, new age philosophy and pop-psychology. Drawing on Zygmunt Bauman’s theoretical work on “liquid modernity”, this work questions how and where we find space for contemplation in a contemporary context increasingly defined by temporary social bonds, consumer choices and private anxieties.

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ID Code: 50220
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Digital Video
Measurements or Duration: 6:16 mins
Location: From date: To date:
Starkwhite, Auckland 2009
Keywords: art, video, identity, language, anxiety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 11 May 2012 01:04
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 01:04

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