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Proximity and distance: An investigation on interiority in video art


2009 2009

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This thesis examines how interiority is constructed in video art. Interiority is understood here to be an aspect of subjectivity that refers to self-reflection or self-regard. I argue that interiority is constructed as a psychological, spatial, and temporal phenomenon. The first chapter questions the theoretical links between narcissism and interiority and considers two videos in detail: Kate Craig's Delicate Issue (1979) and Rodrigue Jean's La mémoire de l'eau (1996). I look at how Craig and Jean construct interiority in their video practices as a psychological characteristic, and I draw on Sigmund Freud's theory of narcissism and Leo Bersani's views on interiority in my interpretation. Chapter Two addresses the notion of bodily space in video practice through a phenomenological perspective. In my analysis of Charlemagne Palestine's Island Song (1976) and Mona Hatoum's So Much I Want to Say (1983) in this chapter, I look at videographic space and bodily space through the lens of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's conception of space as something that one actively inhabits. In the third and final chapter of this thesis, I argue that interiority is informed by our conception of temporality. I examine the representation and manipulation of temporality in video by analyzing Gary Hill's Why Do Things Get in a Muddle (Come on Petunia) (1984) and Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho (1993).

Indexing (details)


Subject
Fine arts;
Art history
Classification
0357: Fine arts
0377: Art history
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts
Title
Proximity and distance: An investigation on interiority in video art
Author
McDonald, Heather
Number of pages
91
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0228
Source
MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780494630259
University/institution
Concordia University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR63025
ProQuest document ID
527781930
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/527781930/abstract
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