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Sticky Media. Encounters With Oil Through Imaginary Media Archaeology, Naomie Gramlich Oct 2018

Sticky Media. Encounters With Oil Through Imaginary Media Archaeology, Naomie Gramlich

communication +1

This paper investigates how media archaeology and the concept of deep time could be taken literally, by bringing authors of early media studies (McLuhan, Innis) together with contemporary eco-material approaches (Gabrys, Parikka) on the topic of oil. Following these conjunctions of media and oil the article first traces certain prevailing narrations in media studies, before turning to the understanding of oil beyond its industrial uses and its catastrophic dimensions in the petro-imaginary of Satin Island by Tom McCarthy. In terms of imaginary media archeology, petro-imaginary provides a conceptual space in which a new relation of images of material reality to ...


Remains To Be Seen: Recollecting Memory, Nathanael Kooperkamp Jan 2018

Remains To Be Seen: Recollecting Memory, Nathanael Kooperkamp

Masters Theses

Abstract

Remains to be Seen, a multi-media installation, provides the opportunity for reconfiguration, re-contextualization and re-remembering of visual memory. Geoffry Cubit, a historian of memory, has noted that “memory has no fixed, stable, unitary meaning to which we can invariably recur: it has always been, and legitimately, a concept in flux and under review”.[1]My work in this exhibition (and as discussed throughout this paper) addresses the unstable and revisionist nature of memory—both culturally and individually. Additionally, I attempt to address how memory (collective, visual, familial and individual) is implicated in the creation of selfhood, of personal narrative ...


Transit, Christopher Janke Jan 2018

Transit, Christopher Janke

Masters Theses

This written thesis, transit, accompanies an exhibition by the same name and serves to contextualize the exhibit. The written portion begins with an inquiry into the nature of the contextualization itself, questioning the nature of the relationship between the written thesis, the exhibit, and the University which explicitly requires and connects the two, especially the ways that the written word as granted authority through an institution of higher education might undermine the exhibit’s intent to provoke thought into other forms of knowledge and other avenues of legitimacy than those presented by this institution.

The thesis discusses the philosophic question ...


Mantle, David Hannon Jan 2018

Mantle, David Hannon

Masters Theses

Through a large-scale installation called mantle, I explore how the queer body becomes uncanny to the home through a human sized dollhouse and using scenic design ideas. Home for many is a safe place, but for queers, it can be a difficult one, wrought with not belonging in a childhood of heteronormativity. Being stuck in that heteronormative space is what I communicate through a stage set, composed of four theater flats, printed and collaged wallpaper, free-standing photos mounted on MDF, a giant necklace in a separate room, and impromptu pieces made in the space.


Dual Face / Lakeside / Bone Fish / Batty, Pied Raven Apr 2017

Dual Face / Lakeside / Bone Fish / Batty, Pied Raven

mOthertongue

Four hand-painted artwork pieces


Fleur-De-Lis / Blue Flag Iris, Vincent Franco Apr 2017

Fleur-De-Lis / Blue Flag Iris, Vincent Franco

mOthertongue

Artwork - pen and ink


Mothertongue 2017 (Full Issue) Apr 2017

Mothertongue 2017 (Full Issue)

mOthertongue

The full mOthertongue 2017 journal


Creating A Successful Wayfinding System: Lessons Learned From Springfield, Massachusetts, Yanhua Lu Nov 2016

Creating A Successful Wayfinding System: Lessons Learned From Springfield, Massachusetts, Yanhua Lu

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Masters Projects

The masters project presents findings from recent work the author completed related to wayfinding, and wayfinding systems. This work began as part of a graduate urban design studio, followed by work as a research assistant at the UMass Design Center in Springfield, on a new “demonstration” wayfinding system installed in Springfield, Massachusetts. The wayfinding project was done in association with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Springfield Office of Planning and Community Development, was implemented with the main goals of improving public health by encouraging more people to walk.

Wayfinding systems are increasingly seen as an important part of ...


Hidden Beauty, Nikki Grossfeld Apr 2016

Hidden Beauty, Nikki Grossfeld

mOthertongue

Photography.


At The Darkest Moment, To You, Seung Ah Rebecca Han Apr 2016

At The Darkest Moment, To You, Seung Ah Rebecca Han

mOthertongue

Korean poem.


どれくらい? / How Long?, Naomi Chiba Apr 2016

どれくらい? / How Long?, Naomi Chiba

mOthertongue

Japanese poem.


At A Glance, Michael Agnello Apr 2016

At A Glance, Michael Agnello

mOthertongue

Photograph.


Ave, Colonia Veraniega, Sol / Bird, Camp, Sun, Professor Carole Cloutier ’S Spring 2016 Spanish 240 Class Apr 2016

Ave, Colonia Veraniega, Sol / Bird, Camp, Sun, Professor Carole Cloutier ’S Spring 2016 Spanish 240 Class

mOthertongue

Collaborative Quintain style poem.


Fortunata Vix / Only So Fortunate, Brinna Michael Apr 2016

Fortunata Vix / Only So Fortunate, Brinna Michael

mOthertongue

Latin poem.


Las Llaves / The Keys, Jonatán Martín Gómez Apr 2016

Las Llaves / The Keys, Jonatán Martín Gómez

mOthertongue

Spanish poem.


Scope, Michael Agnello Apr 2016

Scope, Michael Agnello

mOthertongue

Photograph.


플라스크 속 작은 난장이 / A Little Man In A Flask, Nathaniel Lee Apr 2016

플라스크 속 작은 난장이 / A Little Man In A Flask, Nathaniel Lee

mOthertongue

Korean poem.


Qui Suis-Je? / Who Am I?, Professor Rhonda Tarr's Spring 2016 French 126 Class Apr 2016

Qui Suis-Je? / Who Am I?, Professor Rhonda Tarr's Spring 2016 French 126 Class

mOthertongue

Collaborative French poem.


Cosas Hechas Por El Hombre / Man Made Items, Haley Norris Apr 2016

Cosas Hechas Por El Hombre / Man Made Items, Haley Norris

mOthertongue

Spanish poem.


Seasonal Mosaic, Nikki Grossfeld Apr 2016

Seasonal Mosaic, Nikki Grossfeld

mOthertongue

Photography.


Blooming Lotus, Yujia Ye Apr 2016

Blooming Lotus, Yujia Ye

mOthertongue

Photography with description.


Mayu Mayurispa, Olivia Baxter Apr 2016

Mayu Mayurispa, Olivia Baxter

mOthertongue

Trilingual poem.


Reaprendiendo Mi Primer Idioma / Relearning My First Language, Angela Acosta Apr 2016

Reaprendiendo Mi Primer Idioma / Relearning My First Language, Angela Acosta

mOthertongue

Spanish poem.


10.21, Kayla O'Meara Apr 2016

10.21, Kayla O'Meara

mOthertongue

French poem.


Mothertongue Spring 2016 (Full Pdf), Mothertongue 2016 Apr 2016

Mothertongue Spring 2016 (Full Pdf), Mothertongue 2016

mOthertongue

Full PDF document of the Spring 2016 mOthertongue journal.


Summoning The Body That Acts, Brendan M. Mccauley Jan 2016

Summoning The Body That Acts, Brendan M. Mccauley

Masters Theses

Seven series of artworks; painted, drawn and performed. These works are presented as affective incorporation exercises, that test modes of aesthetic communication in response to varying political contingencies. The constitutive processes used to develop the work also function as a methodology for my own political radicalization. As an artist I am wagering how to talk, as an activist I am preparing to act. The artworks discussed occur at the crossroads of these desires as enactions of futurity within the subjunctive mood.


Hovering, Benjamin J. Blatt Jan 2016

Hovering, Benjamin J. Blatt

Masters Theses

Hovering is an attempt to navigate the contemporary digital environment through traditional means. The imagery created function as paintings, photographs, prints, and drawings. They explore and raise questions about visual perception and sensory awareness, as well as highlighting the modular limitations of the pixelated image and the illusion of reality in the digital landscape.


The Spatiality In Storytelling, Xiang Yu Jan 2016

The Spatiality In Storytelling, Xiang Yu

Masters Theses

Theatre has always been played a irreplaceable role in people’s lives, even nowadays where people have multiple choices for entertainment. Some theater architecture has also become the symbol of the city, such as Paris Opéra and Sydney Opera House. By taking a close look at various case studies, one will understand how the theatre architecture corresponds with their city representing its history, culture and visions for the future.

The development of my thesis is based on the integration of the ‘space’ of storytelling and the space of design. Will the quality of space bring out the memories that have ...


Primate Aesthetics, Chelsea L. Sams Jan 2016

Primate Aesthetics, Chelsea L. Sams

Masters Theses

A cultural, historical, and scientific survey of the phenomena of primate pictorial behavior, presented in a series of interconnected vignettes. What do primates find visually appealing? What is their motivation when creating images? What are the implications for art and for science? By drawing explicit and implicit connections between science, art, case studies, research, and personal narrative, I attempt to weave together what we know, and what we may never be able to know about this complex field.


Mothertongue Spring 2014 (Full Document), Mothertongue Editor May 2015

Mothertongue Spring 2014 (Full Document), Mothertongue Editor

mOthertongue

No abstract provided.