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- Nir Fresco, Concrete Digital Computation: Competing Accounts and its Role in Cognitive Science.There are currently considerable confusion and disarray about just how we should view computationalism, connectionism and dynamicism as explanatory frameworks in cognitive science. A key source of this ongoing conflict among the central paradigms in cognitive science is an equivocation on the notion of computation simpliciter. ‘Computation’ is construed differently by computationalism, connectionism, dynamicism and computational neuroscience. I claim that these central paradigms, properly understood, can contribute to an integrated cognitive science. Yet, before this claim can be defended, a better (...)
- Peter Gerard Fitzpatrick, The Doulgas Summerland Collection.The Douglas Summerland Collection is a fictional "monographically based history"1. In essence this research is concerned with the current debates about history recording, authenticity of the photograph, methods of history construction and how the audience digests new 'knowledge'. The narrative for this body of work is drawn from a small album of maritime photographs discovered in 2004 within the archives of the Port Chalmers Regional Maritime Museum in New Zealand. The album contains vernacular images of life onboard several sailing ships (...)
- Rachel Carroll, What Kind of Relationship with Nature Does Art Provide?The relationship with nature through art has been explored as a two fold bond. The first considers a relationship with nature via art and science, where the history and contemporary application of scientific illustration in art is explored; while the second explores past and present connections with nature via art and the landscape, particularly the panoramic tradition. Historically these relationships have predominately been about dominating nature, mans dominion over the land. Science was seen as the only authority, while our relationships (...)
- Sandra Scheffknecht, Doubledeath--The Very Presence of the Absent.The notion of doubledeath, as an idea to generate work, can be seen as both an ironic reflection on the medium of photography and a critical attempt to comment on contemporary culture. In short, the inherent characteristics of the photographic medium and its function within society are combined. Photography embodies both death and the beginning of something autonomous and new in the very moment of the picture-taking process. A photograph is a mere simulation of what was once there, in front (...)
- Marian Tubbs, Assemblage-Based Installation: Affects and Interpretations.This exegesis aims to assess the communicative power of assemblage-based installation art. The body of research underlying this assessment provides tools for understanding experimental assemblage-based installation practices and their affective nature. The exegesis tracks discourses between contemporary assemblage-based practices and recent philosophy on aesthetics. It reviews mechanisms used by contemporary artists to engage the spectator that resist existing aesthetic structures and assert new communicative visual forms. Definitions of ‘the contemporary’ are employed to help situate the dialectic of forms. By way (...)No categories
- Katherine Judith Yeh, 410kg/Sec.This thesis investigates the links between how the ocean has been imaged historically and how this imaging has impacted on environmental conservation values surrounding the sea in western culture. Pictorial images of the sea have been dominated by the seascape that, whilst showing the effects of light and wind on water, have not uncovered what lies beneath the surface, leaving the ocean to become a repository for waste. In contrast, Romantic landscape artists of the eighteenth century were influential in changing (...)No categories
- David Corbet, Language | Material | Mimesis.This studio-based research investigates the diverse manifestations of language in contemporary art, with a focus on contemporary practice where language, materiality and mimetic function are interdependent aspects of the creative work. At the heart of this is the question of metaphysical transformation in art – an apparently subjective phenomenon which appears to exceed causative principles, operating within a fluctuating cultural and conceptual matrix of ascribed meanings, and delivering ‘transcendental’ affect. At the outset I outline my knowledge base with reference to (...)No categories
- Ranie Villaver, Zhuangzi's Scepticism in Light of Yangist Ideas.This thesis is about Zhuangzi’s scepticism. The argument is that Zhuangzi’s scepticism about proposing solutions to the unrest of the Warring States period (481-221 BCE) is a manifestation of a Yangist concern about being involved in official life. The aim is to offer a new perspective of Zhuangzi’s scepticism as scepticism about the solutions of the thinkers of the period.
- Kundan Misra, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the Humanist Agenda and the Scientific Method.Modernity began in Leibnizs lifetime, arguably, and due to the efforts of a group of philosopher-scientists of which Leibniz was one of the most significant active contributors. Leibniz invented machines and developed the calculus. He was a force for peace, and industrial and cultural development through his work as a diplomat and correspondence with leaders across Europe, and in Russia and China. With Leibniz, science became a means for improving human living conditions. For Leibniz, science must begin with the Gods (...)No categories
- Christopher Oakey, Vision, Affect and Knowledge in the Poetry of William Carlos Williams and Hilda Doolittle.Literary critics have rarely paired Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and William Carlos Williams, despite their common involvement in the imagist movement and, subsequently, their long friendship. This neglect is partly due to the poets own idiosyncrasies. The contrast between H.D.'s intensely subjective, mythological poetics and Williams' apparently objective focus on every-day objects tends to locate the two poets in very different critical spheres and poetic traditions. In essays written and published in 1919, however, not too long after imagisms flourishing, both writers (...)
- Grace Hellyer, Radical Democracy and the American Romance.My thesis positions the contested category of the American Romance within Jacques Rancières account of the relationship between literary and political modernity. I will suggest that for many American writers the evocation of romance offered a means of tuning their writing towards an abstract encounter with the political as it is defined in the philosophy of Jacques Rancière. The political, for Rancière, is constituted by a moment in which the boundaries and internal demarcations of the sensible world are reconfigured. This (...)No categories