Finding home: from space to place in transit

Morgan, T 2013, Finding home: from space to place in transit, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media and Communication, RMIT University.

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Title Finding home: from space to place in transit
Author(s) Morgan, T
Year 2013
Abstract The research explores the proposition that people transform public transit space into personal place by adapting themselves and/or their surroundings to feel comfortable and at ease, defined as feeling 'at home'. This is achieved by examining the ways they transform space into place through video artworks; by designing and developing media tools to capture and present the subjective experience; and by observing how people then engaged with the artworks.

A Practice-Based Research (PBR) methodology was used to develop a systematic and cyclical pattern of methods to: design and develop new tools and video artworks; select suitable locations, journeys and tasks to perform and record; use the PDU to record the basic video and sound material in repeated journeys through transit space; and prepare artworks that could explore and illustrate the subject of interest and engage viewers.

The results from the creative cycles were a series of video artworks and still images that address themes of space, place and the feeling 'at home' in transit spaces and contrasting settings. Six video artworks were produced for examination in the research project:

Head_X: Commuter Space I, a 27-minute video of an urban commute from East to West Berlin;

Head_X: Commuter Space II, a 42-minute video of a routine shopping trip to Alexanderplatz;

Head_X: Exit Zimmerstrasse 12, a one-minute video loop of the transition from an apartment through the communal stairwell to the street:

Head_X: Washing Up is a 23-minute video that investigates bodt spatiality in domestic space, to contrast the movements that were revealed in the commuter journeys;

Head_X3: Ulica Piotrkowska is a 96-minute video journal of a pedestrian walking up and down the main thoroughfare of Lodz, Poldand; and

Head_X: Forest is a 20-minute video loop that reveals a 5-minute directionless walk in a thick, forested area presented in static and animated versions of the Head_X format.

The PDU and the Head_X format present the view that approximates what we can see directly and four views we can only see by turning. The integrated embodied images and sounds present the journal by implying and revealing space; our place within it, and the experince of moving through it. The spatial dialog that occurs when viewers try to orient themsleves with the Head_X image combined with their instant identification of the embodied sound and movement allows them to experience the journey while at the same time observing the medium. Through this engagement, the space between the artwork and the viewer may have been transformed into a place of identification and meaning.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) space
transit space
embodied space
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