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Constructing space: experiments in light

The research undertaken during this project has resulted in an investigation of atmospheric phenomena within constructed space, using light, space and water as primary materials to explore the peripheries of human perception. The project examines the extremities of human sensory experience as a means of navigating and further understanding the finite nature of our experience of 'reality'. We construct and apprehend a cohesive idea of our surroundings based on the information given to us by the senses, which are inherently limited in their capabilities. This thesis explores ways of deconstructing the processes involved in the creation of our contemporary understanding of reality, physiologically via the senses and externally through the active and conscious construction of our surroundings. The illusive and intangible nature of atmospheric phenomena is utilised in the practical component of this project for its ability to remain perceptually just out of reach; the distances in the sky cannot be judged, the air around us cannot be felt, and water in its forms of cloud, mist, ice, rain and snow hovers around the perimeters of materiality. In isolating phenomena such as these within fabricated environments the project aims to bridge the conceptual gap that exists between the highly constructed nature of our increasingly urbanised existence and the natural world.
Date January 2007
CreatorsGleave , Michaela Ruth, Art, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
PublisherAwarded by:University of New South Wales. Art
Source SetsAustraliasian Digital Theses Program
Detected LanguageEnglish
RightsCopyright Gleave Michaela Ruth.,

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