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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52789
Doc. No:TL22743
Call number:‭MR63025‬
Main Entry:Heather McDonald
Title & Author:Proximity and distance: An investigation on interiority in video artHeather McDonald
College:Concordia University (Canada)
Date:2009
Degree:M.A.
student score:2009
Page No:91
Abstract: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).
Subject:Communication and the arts; Fine arts; Art history; 0357:Fine arts; 0377:Art history
Added Entry:Concordia University (Canada)