ResearchPDF Available

PhD Abstract, "Arctificial Territory"

Abstract

"Arctificial Territory", PhD, 2015, Department of Art, University of Reading, UK, Abstract
Arctificial Territory, Abstract (PhD by Gudrun Bielz, University of
Reading, UK, Department of Art)
!
This! practice! based! PhD! examines! obsessive5compulsive! disorder,! psychological! space,! models! of!
consciousness,!artwork! by!selected!artists,!ideas!of!posthumanism!and! transhumanism,!immortality!and!
afterlife!fantasies,! and! the!philosophical!concept! of! the!other!(the! stranger! to!ourselves).!My! thesis!and!
practice! posit! a! new! psychological!space! for! art! called! Arctificial! Territory.! Arctificial!is! a! neologism:! a!
combination!of!artificial!and!arctic.!
The! parameters! of! this! thesis!are! set! by! an! exhibition,! Arctificial)Pandemonium,! accom panied! by! a! text!
derived!from! theoretical!research,!literary!texts,!images,!videos,!and!links!to!music,!all!published!online.!
Users!can!add!comments!and!expand!on!the!thesis!itself.!The!aim!of!this!format!is!to!encourage!a!creative!
process! that! continues! to! generate! material! accessible! with! no! end! point.! Feedback! loops! (Norbert!
Wiener),!the!rhizome!(Paul!Deleuze!and!Felix!Guattari),!and!Paul! Feyerabend’s!concept!of! non5monistic!
methods! are! deployed! to! describe! my! methodology! and! to! frame! my! practice.! Artwork,! philosophy,!
literary!text,!and!theoretical!theories!5!all!are!interlinked.!
The!form!itself!apes!the!interconnectivity!of!linked!systems.!Obsessive5compulsive!traits!are!informed!by!
repetitions!and!rituals,!which!are!covering!up!fear!and!chaos.!Non5linear!methods!are!not!chaotic!and!not!
repetitive,! so! they! allow! for! branching! out,! feeding! back! and! forward,! and! communicating! in! a! poly5
directional!way!that!leads!to!Arctificialism,!as!proven!in!this!thesis.!
This! work! explores! the! creative! potential! of! obsession,! compulsion,! and! control! mixed! with! ideas! of!
artificial!intelligence!and!immortality.!Experiments!through!video!making,!research,!and!writing!have!led!
me!to! invent!the!term!“arctificial”!and!create!Arctificial!Territory!which!in!itself!is!the!embodiment!of!a!
psychological!space.!!
Arctificial!Territory!as!a!space!has!produced!artwork!that,!over!the!course!of!this!research,!has!developed!
into!the!idea!of!an!art!movement,!Arctificialism.!Works!by!VALIE!EXPORT,!Steina!Vasulka,!and!Park!Chan5
wook!are!considered! in!relation!to! my! own!practice,! as!I! argue! they! inhabit! a! complex! and! apparently!
dysfunctional!psychological! space! that!is! similar! to! my! idea! of! an! “arctificial”! space! that! demonstrates!
some!obsessive5compulsive!traits.!!
Arctificial!Territory!is!recognised!by!VALIE!EXPORT,!who!I!had!invited!to!inhabit!Arctificial!Territory!and!
introduced!to!the!concept!of!Arctificialism.!EXPORT’S!response!was!to!employ!Arctificialism!as!a!means!to!
undertake!her!dream!journey!to!the!Arctic!and!the!Antarctic,!as!exhibited!in!my!accompanying!exhibition.!
This! thesis! thus! invents! and! explores! a! new! artistic! psychological!space.! The! creation! of! the! terms!
Arctificial! Territory! and! Arctificialism! gives! art! such! as! EXPORT’s! and! my! own! a! new! context! and!
terminology!in!which!to!discuss!our!art!practice.!!
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any citations for this publication.
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any references for this publication.