Identifier

etd-04102008-111620

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

"Land Alive!" is best described a multimedia work. The produce of travels to the area of the Mississippi River delta, along with text-based research, formed the materials from which two evenings of participative performance were crafted. Personal narratives were used alongside evaluations of administrative programs, and the space in the Backyard Gallery was transformed using shovels, buckets, and teamwork. Found chairs, rope, and other objects, through ritualized interaction, became an aesthetic formation; everyone present worked together in the assembly of a boat, which contained the results of these interactions between myself, six volunteers, and an audience turned participants. The evenings were an opportunity for individuals to come together, connect to each other, and share a different kind of encounter with the Mississippi River delta. This was an interdisciplinary undertaking; my training as a studio artist was complimented with the study of performance, physical science, and sociology, The goal of this project was to propel new kinds of ideas into old and difficult problems.

Date

2008

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Malcolm McClay

Included in

Fine Arts Commons

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