Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
This essay examines the urban experience in postmodern cities and mediated reality. Modernity brought a change in perception that altered the experience of the city. This shift was registered through cinema which disrupted the fixity of classical space and provided an aesthetic reception similar to the gaze the flaneur. With the transition into postmodernism came the idea of the Heterotopia, a city that is capable of juxtaposing multiple temporalities and spaces that are themselves incompatible. The postmodern city developed with the exponential growth of mass communication and consumption immersing us in mediated reality.
My projective works make use of collage techniques to produce images that match the way in which we perceive, interact, and navigate mediated reality. My sequence makes use of cinematic qualities to immerse viewers in the imaginary spaces portrayed. The postmodern city is experienced as a territory in which we simultaneously inhabit a multiplicity of spaces, both digital and physical. These intertwined realities give the postmodern city a phantasmagoric character, one of undefined spatiality.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Moore, Thomas C., "Chimeric Realities" (2015). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 30. https://doi.org/10.7936/K798856K.