Disruption, dis/orientation, and intra-action : recipes for creating a queer utopia in audiovisual space

Pirler, Senem
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High, Kathryn
Century, Michael
Staniszewski, Mary Anne
Scaletti, Carla
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Electronic arts
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Finally, I investigate the collective notion of these queer utopias, and how queering blurs the notion of agency and blends disciplinary boundaries of the process of artmaking. Although there is no doubt that gender and sexuality have greatly informed art practices in the past, further discussion is necessary to connect these concepts with contemporary art sites that will allow audiences to become immersed in a feminist queer multisensory experience. My practice and dissertation text intend to aid in filling that gap and contribute to the debate of feminist queer theory and emerging technologies in digital media, offering a model for feminist queer audiovisual spaces that is theoretically informed and affectively engaged. I demonstrate how the field of experimental media technologies tends to not acknowledge queerness in its literature and ignore queer methodologies which have been informing art practices for decades. My contribution to existing scholarship is to bridge the fields of feminist queer theories, new materialism, and media technologies through my own practice.
August 2019
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Dept. of the Arts
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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