Public access to the private domain: an artistic interpretation
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- This thesis discusses the creation of a body of artwork based on the themes of viewer engagement and public access to private space. A new perspective on these themes is presented in all of the artist’s work by immersing viewers directly into the representation of private domestic settings. Emphasis is placed on the visceral reality of the experience, in order to engage the audience and to make them feel less inhibited within the space. Creative methods used to achieve this experience include the artist’s use of domestic and familiar themes, real physical objects, and interactive and immersive interfaces. A trajectory of new media art that approaches these same themes is discussed; in addition to a summary of the foundation work created by the artist prior to this research. The main contribution of this thesis is the artist’s new artwork, Drifting (Burns 2009). Through metaphor, this work challenges the mergence of the public and private spheres by converting a public gallery space into a private and intimate experience for viewers. The same screen-based media that is used to promote the breakdown of the private sphere is also used in this work. Interactive and immersive video interfaces, combined with a true-to-scale domestic environment, absorb viewers into the actual living space of a filmed couple. Viewers experience a voyeuristic encounter, which then turns upon itself as the main video characters within the work begin to acknowledge the presence of the viewers in their ‘home’. Using an innovative process, the artist develops and assesses a methodology that contributes new uses of video content and everyday objects to create an immersive and engaging experience for viewers that flips the roles of the public and private spaces. Evaluation results are analyzed and used to formulate methods for future versions of the artwork. A DVD showcasing documentation of the final artwork, Drifting is included with the thesis, as well as footage of the foundation artworks, Disorder (2005) and The Gaze (2007).
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