Turner, M.J (2017) The view: gendered views of observation through the creative practice and installation of photographic and moving image. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

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This practice-led thesis investigates how a contemporary female practitioner can provoke thought about the impact of observation on the individual, from a gendered viewpoint. Employing purposeful experimentation and visual discovery, questions emerging from practice are raised and examined through exposition and reflective appraisal. Creatively manipulated situations of observation are instigated, through the installation of photography and moving image, to examine the exchange between artwork and audience and to raise awareness of the presence of observation, surveillance and the panoptical gaze. Working from a positive and proactive feminist paradigm, relevant theoretical approaches are used to inform the central concepts drawn from a broad base of texts. The discursive account operates within the context of comparative approaches and methodologies used by contemporary artists, shown in major exhibition venues between 2004 and 2016. The inquiry is investigated through primary research, visual analysis, and direct contact with artists and writers. Selected creative works from both contemporary and historical sources are reviewed, to provide inspiration, methodology and technical detail for particular aspects of content. Through the articulation of practical realisation, a significant contribution of selected and focused work emerges, where the combination of moving and photographic imagery is uniquely fused to create site-specific installation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)

Thesis supervised by Jo Dahn.

The version of the thesis attached to this record has had some images redacted from it due to potential copyright issues.

Keywords: creative practice, contemporary art, female practitioners, photography, moving images, audience involvement, observation, surveillance, feminist theory, exhibitions, visual analysis, site-specific installation, photographic imagery
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 16:41
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 16:53
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