Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Antarctic animation: gestures and lines describe a changing environment
Dr Lisa Roberts
2nd Author
3rd Author
Doctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages
University of New South Wales
Thesis Supervisor
Dr Simon Pockley
Supervisor e-mail
simonpockley AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Mr John Hughes
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
College of Fine Arts/Media Arts
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
animation, artistic, Antarctica, dance, drawing, climate change, communication, gesture, improvisation, on-line, perceptions, practice-based, scientific
Abstract: 200-500 words
The need to engage the public with accurate information about climate change is urgent. Antarctica has become the focus of research for scientists and artists who seek to understand the complex forces at work. Different perceptions of Antarctica are surveyed. These perceptions are expressed through data sets, art works, dances, words, tones of voice and gestures. An iconography of primal gestural forms is identified that has been used since pre-history to make visible expressions of connection to the natural world. The primary research methodology is practice-based. Interviews with expeditioners, online responses, and improvised movement workshops are used as sources for animations and art works. Animated forms arise from circling, spiraling, and crossing gestures. These ancient choreographies describe the dynamic structures that shape the Antarctic ecosystem and reflect structures within the body through which they are generated. Animations are presented at international conferences and exhibitions of Antarctic arts and sciences. An online log is used to display the animations and invite responses. The responses are evaluated. Archetypal gestural forms are found to expand the meaning of climate change data. Recognition of these primal forms (as body knowledge) is found to add a dimension of meaning to scientific information that is an essential component of accurate communication.