Threat or thrill in Grovedale : an artist's response to the changing nature of place

Kamp, Jennifer (2009) Threat or thrill in Grovedale : an artist's response to the changing nature of place. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

‘Threat or Thrill in Grovedale: An Artist’s Response to the Changing Nature of Place’ has developed out of my realisation that ‘my’ space has changed. I was conscious of an unsettling, something not quite right as I moved around my neighbourhood seeking an explanation for my sense of unease. I examine conceptions of space and how we live, in a visual and textual exploration that loops across time seeking meaning and understanding of my changing urban landscape. As an artist through my photographic and video works I develop ways of working in a changing world with new pictorial possibilities. My work is a layered and reflexive project that illuminates the past, the passage of time and explores different ways of understanding the world through the new technologies. I explore social and emotional experiences, our relationships that give meaning to the space we inhabit. My reflexive enquiry dealing with my personal sense of loss is intermingled with the past joys of recalled family celebrations and current confusion that resonates with an unsettled contemporary landscape. My enquiry combines different voices and tensions to express the ‘edginess’ of shifting ‘threats and thrills’ that characterise the contemporary landscape. I merge context and methodology, imagery and text with process, to investigate and visualise the subtleties and changing ways of ‘being’ in today’s world. My art practice explores this ‘edginess’ utilising digital technology to develop interplay between the past and present, linking the virtual with the actual and the technical, to engender meta-narratives that may open new possibilities.

Additional Information

Exegesis accompanies an exhibition "Heterotopia: new spaces". Viewing the works and reading the text It is my preference that the art works be viewed before the Exegesis is read to evoke a spontaneous response that is not conditioned by the text. - Jennifer Kamp

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15533
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Current > FOR Classification > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
Keywords Space, neighbourhood, place, changing world, Grovedale
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