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Master of Fine Arts


Visual Arts


Wood, Kelly


This dossier is combined with my Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, Absence and Proximity. This paper includes the following components: an extended artist statement, documentation of art practice and a case study of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s First Surface. The first two chapters investigate the digital representation of the body through affect, boundary and subjectivity. I also examine my material and technical choices related to these concepts. The last chapter focuses on how First Surface opens up the possibility of identification through building a body-technology complex.

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How does our relationship with the image shift when considering its new digital medium? Does the medium render the seeing experience more disembodied compared to seeing a printed or painted image? This paper searches for the answers by examining the digital image in relation to subjectivity and affect.

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