Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Perceptual Moment
Annie Briard
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Thesis Supervisor
Dr. Maria Lantin, Dr. Chris Jones
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Department / Discipline
Masters of Applied Arts in Media Arts
Languages Familiar to Author
French, English
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moving image, video, animation, media art, visual perception, wonderment, affect, phenomenology, Deleuze, film theory
Abstract: 200-500 words
Moving image art can provide unique possibilities for making sense of our surrounding reality. Consisting of a series of artworks produced through a creative research methodology, this thesis project explores wonderment and its role in visual perception. The series, Perceptual Moments, is comprised of short, evocative video works presented in a variety of modes including interactive and sculptural installation. To question the role of vision in mediating reality, the works engage the viewer through an intensive experience of seeing. This accompanying essay explores key visual and editing devices in the series that appear to have a role in shaping the viewer’s perception and interpretation of the visual experience, including “the chasm,” “the blur” and “interactive installation.” The essay also investigates the motivation behind the works through journal entries and offers critical analyses for each production. The visual devices in question are grounded within the context of psychology, neuroscience, phenomenology and film theories. Philosopher Gaston Bachelard provides an anchor for the concept of wonderment, while theorists Jonathan Crary and Gilles Deleuze create dialogical space around the act of viewing filmic images and the affect that it involves. The devices are also observed in other media works, including seminal pieces by Stan Brackhage, Kurt Kren and Jan Svankmajer as well as contemporary figures such as Nathalie Djurberg and Matt Hope.