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Site Lines: An exploration of physical mapping practices

Campbell, Susan (2012) Site Lines: An exploration of physical mapping practices. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Campbell, Susan
Abstract:

My practice is driven by the way “the Plan” is used as a stand-in for place, and by
our tendency to identify with a plan at the cost of our connection with place - with its
physicality, its historic context, its role within the social fabric. I reflect on my own
complicity as a graphic designer in creating the kind of clean, seamless visions that are
fine-tuned to appeal to a target demographic. I discuss how the designers’ extensive
array of media is so successful at “holding the focus steady” (Latour 1986: 5) on the
projected world, that it masks the underlying rules that enable and perpetuate that
projection. The artworks engage with the theme of spatial hyper-rationalization, and
speak to the inescapability of Cartesian time-space. My site-line interventions engender
a brief sense of freedom and agency into an otherwise hyper-rationalized environment,
and suggest a fluidity between interior/exterior space and private/public space.

Date: 2012
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2014 18:49
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 18:49
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/58

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