A study of the interconnections between the films of Stan Brakhage and the works of Paul Cezanne, Shauma Beharry and John Cage through phenomenology

Smith, Victoria (2011) A study of the interconnections between the films of Stan Brakhage and the works of Paul Cezanne, Shauma Beharry and John Cage through phenomenology. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis investigates the exploration of experience within the media of film, art, performance art and music through Merleau-Ponty’s theory of phenomenology. Drawing on the works of Stan Brakhage, Paul Cezanne, Shauna Beharry and John Cage, a case is made for the significance of perception, embodiment and multi-sensory experience within the Arts, in an attempt to continue learning about the physical world we live in. During this dissertation I explore the methods in which artists project their personal experiences of the world into the various media, and the affect this has on the artist, the audience and the physical world. From this investigation an understanding has been gained of the various perceptions of experience within the works of Brakhage, Cezanne, Beharry and Cage. This is in light of the senses, the eyes, the body, the performance space and the relationship between individual and environment. This has led me to conclude that the capacity of knowledge involved in a single experience highlights the importance of artistic interdisciplinary work if the ‘true’ depth of experience is to be reached within the Arts. This has been achieved by analysing the qualities of experience emphasised by each artist in their work and the various methods in which these qualities have been projected in society through the Arts.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 16:15
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7065

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