Modularity and Space Juxtaposition: Beyond Site-specificity in Art
Wan, On Ni
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“Modularity and Space Juxtaposition: Beyond Site-specificity in Art” suggests a modular structure that constructs and presents digital artworks related to spatial practice. This structure involves multi-layered space, interconnected modules and nomadic qualities. This dissertation discusses the discourses of site-specific art, cultural specificity and spatial practices in an artwork. The research analyzes characteristics of locative artworks, such as the unstable relationship between spatialized narrative and its site, the temporal shift in multilayered space, and the significance of this modularity in an artwork. Chapter One of this dissertation, Introduction, reveals the importance of the origin of locative art while presents a critical analysis of the art practice in the 1960s. Chapter Two, The Bonds, describes artistic approaches to everyday life and argues that elements from our everyday life in art projects as the bonds that connect each other. In Chapter Three, Characteristics of Locative Art, it suggests a new art discipline, which originates from site-specific art and provides a theoretical framework. This analytical structure manifests in technological advancement of mobile technology, spatialized narrative and its modular structure. While in Chapter Four, The Art Projects, it describes the dissertation's art projects both conceptually and technologically. It also explains the diagnostic art-making process and justifies its contribution to history of art, in relation to the domains covered in the previous chapters. The last chapter foresees how to extend the boundaries of the suggested framework and practice. It includes both possible technological developments and exploration in concepts discussed.