Re imagining the family

Anastasiou, P 2009, Re imagining the family, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Re imagining the family
Author(s) Anastasiou, P
Year 2009
Abstract This exegesis will address the following questions:
How can the disruptions caused specifically by one family’s experience of the margin that is migration and the margin that is death be represented in art and how might these art works allow for the possibility of resonance for the viewer? How are margins defined and how might they help to provide a theoretical underpinning for this research? How does the medium used, influence the understanding?

This work is informed and underpinned by the writings of important contemporary cultural theory of the margins as described by Homi K. Bhabha, (Rutherford,1990) but also by Foucault whose discussion in Of Other Spaces (1967) involved a new concept of spatial analytics. Foucault identified the space of the margins, which he called ‘heterotopias’ and claimed that once identified within a particular society, those margins would reveal who we are as a society.

I propose an experiential investigation of those times or situations where we find ourselves in the margins. The resulting videos are about the margins that I have experienced, of migration, death and the way in which, through video, this particular family is re imagined. I also propose that, while the works come from a personal archive, they will have resonance in the public realm, precisely through that particularity.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
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