Non-Euclidean transformations: multiplicity in a contemporary art jewellery practice

Dilkes, H 2016, Non-Euclidean transformations: multiplicity in a contemporary art jewellery practice, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Title Non-Euclidean transformations: multiplicity in a contemporary art jewellery practice
Author(s) Dilkes, H
Year 2016
Abstract Non-Euclidean transformations is a practice-based PhD research project that investigates multiplicity and unity within a series of artworks that explore the idea of a spatial temporal continuum. On the one hand I explore the capacity of Henri Bergson’s writings on multiplicity to articulate with my own geometrical exploration of body, object and space; and on the other I question, through iterative techniques of making, whether these deep conceptions of space and time can be embodied and better felt and understood through the work.

My research draws on and references the activities, ideas, and tools/technologies from my experience with metals, fusion, and colour transformation (improvisation and experimentation with the chemistry of metals), in art object, and jewellery. I utilised non-Euclidean geometry (specifically a theory of surfaces, about characteristics of objects in space that enable continuous transformation) to investigate the philosophy of multiplicity through the making of artworks ranging from small-scale object installations to larger composite object installations. Inspired by the intuitive of the geometer, I worked with the idea of immersing surfaces and forms from the non-Euclidean geometry of n-dimensions, within the 3 dimensional worlds of our senses, activity and experience.

Six projects encapsulate my PhD research and this dissertation maps my thinking and activity throughout my inquiry. It depicts my encounter with Henri Bergson’s philosophical thinking on the qualitative multiplicity of time and quantitative multiplicity of space, in duration, and with the Riemannian geometry that influenced Bergson. It shows the capacity for technologies/technologists to extend the work of my mind and hand/body in my art practice, as well as the emergent possibilities, via this practice-based research project, for thinking the nexus between person, object and space in terms of event or generating event-space.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Multiplicity
philosophical thinking
object as event
non-Euclidean geometry
contemporary art jewellery practice
digital techniques
temporal spatial continuum
Henri Bergson
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