Have a tutorial this afternoon about my essay, I was told to bring a 300 word abstract and a bibliography.
Might as well publish these here also, as evidence of work in progress.
Looking at screens
In this essay I want to consider art work and media content which draws attention to the physicality of the screens that they occupy.
It is an understanding of screens as conceptual phenomena, as much as technical and social that I am attempting to ascertain through this enquiry.
One of the things that interests me about the word screen is its ability to mean both something which unifies and something which divides and separates. Thus there is an ambiguity in the essential meaning of screen, in a non-specific sense – a screen could be something that reveals, it could be something that conceals.
The vast majority of work which utilizes the screen, is designed to disengage awareness of the immediate and distract from it’s own physical placement in the world by illuminating an interactive or immersive environment that is remote and abstract from the time/place which it inhabits.
By looking at artwork and media content that establishes a situation where the object-hood of the screen is addressed and the screen becomes an object that references it’s self, rather than references beyond it’s self, I propose to generate an alternative understanding of how the screen functions, and why screens have become such a prominent feature of contemporary society.
Throughout this essay I will consider the physical presence of the screen in works by artists as diverse as; Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Michael Snow, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Brian Eno, Derek Jarmen, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Brain De Palma, Mike Figgis, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Tony Oursler and John Maeda.
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