Thesis / Dissertation

Overlooked performances: mobile computing, site-responsive arts practice and the spectral dramaturgy of vanitas

Robert Ellis Walton, Paul Rae (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

This practice-led research project uses observations from the creation of Vanitas, an ‘artwork for smartphones and cemeteries’, to establish a critical framework for discussing the impact of mobile computing on site-responsive arts practices, and by extension, everyday experiences of outdoor locations. This is achieved through the examination of overlooked performances which extend from the performance ontology of computation to human practices perpetuating seamlessness in mixed-reality artworks. By investigating how performances are created and experienced when live-action events within a site-responsive performance are combined with smartphones (mobile computing devices) and electronic mes..

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