Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Envisaging alternatives for practice: A study into the way concepts of sustain-ability can be explored within an Interactive Media Arts practice.
Gavin Sade
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Queensland University of Technology
Thesis Supervisor
Professor Brad Haseman
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b.haseman AT
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Department / Discipline
Art and Design
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URL where full thesis can be found,_Gavin.html
Sustainability, Interactive Media Art & Design, Artistic Research, Creative Practice-Led Research.
Abstract: 200-500 words
This practice-led study explores different ways the subject of sustain-ability can be addressed within an Interactive Media Arts practice. The exploration encompasses three creative projects, Charmed, Distracted and e. Menura superba. Grounded in an ecological philosophy inspired by vegetarianism and the critical design philosophy of defuturing, the work shows how such a philosophical position can guide the redirection of practice. The concern for sustain-ability within my practice, and more generally the question of Interactive Media Arts and sustain-ability, I refer to as a problématique. The objective of this study is not one of finding an answer or a truth to an instrumentally posed question, but to explore the complexities of the problématique through a program of practice and intellectual investigation. The aim being to redirect my practice and to find a renewed raison d’être for practice through a pro- cess of opening up, encountering, and discovering otherwise unknown possibilities for practice. In the context of sustain-ability, this opening up of possibilities can be considered a form of futuring. A futuring I argue is only possible if the things we take for granted as integral aspects of our being, practices and life worlds, are revealed in ways that estrange them, rendering them visible in ways that allow questioning and change.