Save as Buddha.tif: Buddhist iconography and the Australian Sangha imaged through digital transformation

Gural, J 2008, Save as Buddha.tif: Buddhist iconography and the Australian Sangha imaged through digital transformation, Masters by Research, Creative Media, RMIT University.


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Title Save as Buddha.tif: Buddhist iconography and the Australian Sangha imaged through digital transformation
Author(s) Gural, J
Year 2008
Abstract This research encompasses a body of photographic work that documents and
artistically interprets Buddhist influences in Australia by using digital photography,
both in manipulated and representational form. The collection of images provides an
aesthetic experience to further an understanding of Buddhism in the West and also
generates a creative interpretation of new media art inspired by traditional Buddhist
forms.

Buddhism’s increasing popularity parallels a movement in the West away from
traditional Newtonian physics, i.e. models based on solid forms, to post-modern
relative physics, i.e. models posited on flows of energy. This writing looks at the
influences of technological development and scientific exploration which inform the
understanding of the photographic image. Debates fueled by the advent of
digitisation pose new questions in visual culture in understanding what is real. The
uniqueness of digital artwork is challenged by the shift from fixed form to flow.

The works of several artists which relate to contemporary Buddhism, consumerism
and digitisation are investigated as part of the development of the imagery formed
through this research. Consumer trends coupled with technological advancement
have generated a proliferation in photographic imagery, a phenomenon that is echoed in the ubiquity of religious and spiritual products on sale to the general public. A critique of kitsch as it relates to the photographic image is further investigated by
documenting popular expressions of Buddhism in Australia, including personal
collections of iconography and larger public festivals.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Creative Media
Keyword(s) Digital
photography
Buddhism
Australia
contemporary
art
manipulated
imagery
documentary
Western Buddhism
iconography
kitsch
popular
spirituality
critical theory
technology
Photoshop
multiculturalism
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