Thesis Info

Thesis Title
A Hyper-media & Project-based Approach to Music, Sound & Media Art
Marinos Koutsomichalis
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
De Montfort University
Thesis Supervisor
Dr John Richards
Supervisor e-mail
jrich AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Prof Simon Emmerson
Language(s) of Thesis
English (UK)
Department / Discipline
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
hypermediacy, sound art, music, media art, site-responsive, project, exploration
Abstract: 200-500 words
This thesis describes my artistic practice as essentially project-based, site-responsive and hypermediating. Hypermediacy—i.e. the tendency of certain media or objects to keep their various constituents separate from their structure—is to be understood as opaque, juxtaposed and after a recurring contiguity with different kinds of interfaces. Accordingly, and within the context of the various projects that constitute this thesis, it is demonstrated how, in response to the particular places I work and to the various people I collaborate with, different kinds of materials and methodologies are incorporated in broader hybrids that are then mediated (interfaced) in miscellaneous ways to this way result in original works of art. Materials and methodologies are shown to be intertwined and interdependent with each other as well as with the different ways in which they are interfaced, which accounts for an explicitly project-based, rather than artwork-based, approach which, on its turn, de-emphasises the finished artefact in favour of process, performance, research and exploration. Projects are, then, shown to be explicitly site- or situation- responsive, as they are not implementations of pre-existent ideas but rather emerge as my original response to the particular sites, materials, people and the various other constituents that are involved in their very production. Inter- faces to such hybrids as well as their very material and methodological elements are also shown to be hyper-mediated. It is finally argued that such an approach essentially accelerates multi-perspectivalism in that a project may spawn a number of diverse, typically medium-specific and/or site-specific, artworks that all exemplify different qualities which are congenital to the particular nature of each project.