Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Visual Arts


Daniela Sneppova


Using the concept of liminality found in the work of anthropologist Victor Turner, this thesis explores connections among experiences of media, memory, and the virtual. I examine how these phenomena influence and inform everyday life, and especially how they play out in experiences of displacement, exile and migration. I analyze them as forms of contemporary ritual which play a key role in the construction of our identities in a globalized world. The thesis discusses displacement and its relationship to the concept of “home”, paying particular attention to media representations of home and mediated experiences of home. I look to the work of Salman Rushdie, Edward Said and Homi Bhabha in understanding the experience of being in-between and “beyond” cultures. Margaret Morse’s layered understanding of the virtual and Richard Cavell and Aijun Appadurai’s accounts of new forms of global mediation are addressed. This theoretical material then informs a discussion of the work of artists Mona Hatoum and Pippiloti Rist



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