Ur fokus: Ett arbete om osynlighet inom, utanför och utan den fysiska kroppen
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Out of focus (English)
My subject is invisibility.
In order to thoroughly investigate the subject, I applied the concept of invisibility inside, outside and without the physical body. I have investigated what has to give way to that which comes into focus, and the shift in value that occurs when something is highlighted or added at the expense of something else. To avoid seeing something is to prevent it from taking up space and consequently drain it of value. We reduce the uncomfortable by placing it, consciously or unconsciously, in the background hoping it will disappear. The act of avoidence gives a false illusion that the situation could be reduced to a point of vanishing. As if that which has not been seen, never happened.
Not being able to acknowledge the uncomfortable could be the result of not wanting to recognize difficult aspects concerning oneself, such as shame or guilt. The fear of having to identify with feelings that negatively charged makes the reflection unbearable to meet. An uncomfortable situation can therefore appear so piercing to the eye that it becomes almost invisible.
Through my process, I chose to use psychoanalysis and phenomenology as different tools of perspective to try to get closer to what, how and why we see what we see. This includes how we for instance handle the idea of someone or something when the physical body is absent. How we, through traces of human behavior relate to an object by the motion and technique that shaped it. Or the idea of being able to relate to the idea of an object, and thus "actualize" things that are not really there. I also investigated the shaping of one's identity. How we sometimes construct our bodies, stretch and transform ourselves to be seen. Where the qualities that others recognize and appreciate become the very thing you begin to visualize, maybe even identify with. A place of transformation, where bodies can take the shape of others, or take the shape of the contact with others. But also a place of reduction, a struggle between bodies where one is reduced to feed the other. I have also investigated how ignored bodies have to relate to the ruling norms, surroundings and laws created by others, and how the passive room can become an active component that reveals you as out of place.
For me "invisibility" speaks a destructive and fragile language. I am therefore using materials such as glass, porcelain and lead in my work consisting of corpus objects. I define corpus as body related objects that find their context in the eating, and through eating it incorporates the table and craft tradition of silversmithing. As a body related object, corpus becomes a “substitute body” or "a body in my place." Corpus can squeeze, lift, divide, carry, devour, hold, leak, hide and preserve. Bodily functions transferred into another body. I even believe it possible to transfer part of ones identity into corpus. I decided to let the context of focus shift from the table to the relationship corpus has to the human body. Since corpus, unlike for instance jewellery, has no acknowledged place on the human body, it instead finds itself relating to human behavior. Because of the space between user and object, it’s another kind of intimate relation that also connects to the movement of the human and the space in which she moves. My creative work is therefore explained by other bodies / body parts closely linked to our everyday lives.
Working with the definition of corpus as a substitute body, I have chosen the concept of "destructive prostheses" to interpret my view of invisibility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 14 p.
invisibility, eating, focus, out of focus, ignored, constructed, absent, corpus, projection, projective identification, invisible, prostheses, lead, destructive prostheses, tablecloth, substitute body
osynlighet, frånvarande kroppar, konstruerade kroppar, ignorerade kroppar, fokus, destruktiva proteser, corpus, konst, obehagligt, obehagliga kroppar, projicering, projektiv identifikation, skuld, skam, osynlighet, myt, fantomobjekt, kropp i mitt ställe, identitet, anpassningsteknik, värdeförskjutning, rädslor, proteser, äta, ätande, bly, duk
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-5540OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-5540DiVA: diva2:930315
2016-04-13, K1, Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14, Hägersten, 15:30 (English)
Göransson, Michelle, Filosofie doktor i etnologi
Ljungberg, Anders, Professor