There-Ness, the unsupported mark and its peripheral view

Pepper, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7792-9534, 2018. There-Ness, the unsupported mark and its peripheral view. In: 11th International Symposium on Display Holography - ISDH 2018, Aveiro, Portugal, 25-29 June 2018.

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From the onset, optical holography challenged our established view of ‘there-ness’ – our understanding of where objects were in the world and what constituted real or unreal.

Until holography became a viable recording and display process for three-dimensional objects, we could easily separate out objects and their facsimiles. We looked at objects and used flat, illusionistic, techniques to reproduce them and, subsequently, mechanical or optical, recording processes. Reproductions were exactly that – reproductions.

This paper examines the use of holography as a methodology, and process, to present the unsupported mark, the surfaces, lines and characteristics which make up objects but which can be utilised to shift an observer’s perception and preconception around aspects of the third dimension. It contextualises this approach, using examples of artists working critically within the field and attempts to separate the object from the space around it.

A discussion, involving the visual and perceptual impact associated when marks are, apparently, removed from the surface on which they appear, is interrogated, using examples of the author’s gallery installations and speculative studio research. The function and manipulation of an audience’s peripheral view, when encountering these installations, is explored and placed into the context of a developing, critical, vocabulary within the visual arts in general, and the author’s research, in particular. An exhibition dealing with the unsupported mark, curated by the author, is also used as a framework for these observations.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Pepper, A.
Date: June 2018
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Jul 2018 11:32
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 10:12

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