"Blau"—Longing and the Repetitions of (Deleuzian) Becoming

This article explores how Deleuzian and Guattarian concepts, in particular the notion of “becoming” and the scope of multiplicity through a “rhizomatic” development of ideas has offered a way of moving between diverse fine art media (and text) to explore “place in the making”—that is the nomadic place of “non-territorialized” being, involving both new and traditional media. The discussion will focus on a close reading of the author’s video piece “Blau” (2015, 2:43 minutes, looped), considering editing notes and peripheral material whilst referring to Freudian notions of “fort/da” and also Derrida’s idea of “différance” where meaning is always deferred through new contexts. The leitmotif of the film owes to ideas of a longing embrace of Eros and Thanatos. Repetition is used to insist, disrupt, and distort the perception of time-space relations and to aim for a visual/sonic fold juxtaposing seemingly disparate visual scenes, snippets of speech (French, English, and Arabic) encountered within ambient sound, abstract colour, and voice to reflect on the shifting grounds of actuality and virtuality.

Everted Sanctuaries: Visualizing Introversion

Eversion is a biological term for the ability of an organism to turn itself inside out. For example, a sea cucumber can eject its internal organs to distract attacking predators. The sea cucumber sacrifices some vital functions for ultimate survival. Similarly, many introverts have become adept at temporarily everting their personalities to function in extroverted contexts. This masquerade often puts great stress on an individual. Cultural, educational, and professional environments do not often provide introverts the intervals of sanctuary necessary to revitalize themselves. In “Everted Sanctuaries,” the author investigated the ability of the moving image to convey the complex needs of introverts. Informed by a framework of personality theory and psychological studies, the author visualized an introvert’s transition to temporary extrovert through object transformation, kinetic sculpture, material, stop-motion, and sound. This work was evaluated through critique and observation and compiled into an interactive exhibit. In “Everted Sanctuaries,” transformed objects become metaphors to exhibit the often-uncomfortable process of becoming uncharacteristically extroverted. Though experiential in its approach, the results demonstrate the value of image in communicating the intangible complexity of feeling and emotion. “Everted Sanctuaries” seeks to establish the importance of sanctuary for introverts and encourages understanding of personality differences.

The Endowment of Light: A Sense of Space

The perceptual image of light within architectural space continues to present questions. Exploring the role of light as a constructed image based upon visual perception, suggests more than an inert response to the received stimulus. Percept’s made through imaginative responses to the visual perception of light in architectural space, which include radiant light, shade, deep shadow and darkness may connect sources of worldliness. If this perception of light is coupled with overlapping strands of cognitive possibilities, it presents as both an imagined and recalled image, becoming an unconscious recollection, a received image endowment. This paper considers how light informs and directs perceptual contexts. It provides the opportunity to consider an unconscious haptic response to light, which may become an image memory. Light as an image, which continues to be interpreted as "atmosphere" or "presence," within linguistic reference systems makes the recognition and perception of light, central in understanding the contexts of space.