Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Steven M. Herrnstadt

Second Advisor

Cameron T. Campbell

Third Advisor

Carol H. Faber

Abstract

This written component documents my thesis exhibition, Dream of the Techno-Shaman, created in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Integrated Visual Arts. This multimedia installation was completed and exhibited at the Design Center's Gallery 181, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, IA, during July of 2008.;The following text details my creation process in its entirety, from initial inspiration to final exhibition. This begins with a brief introduction to tribal and computer art, followed by discussion of the inspiration I found in the similarities between these seemingly disparate genres. These similarities span all characteristics of importance to the fine art community, including their formal properties, conceptual content, and underlying socio-cultural context. More specifically, key similarities include extensive use of generative pattern, exploitation of the incorporeal, prominent use of multimedia expression, and an emphasis on interaction and collaboration.;Dream of the Techno-Shaman is my attempt to highlight and explore many of the similarities between tribal and computer art, as well as their associated cultural impact, in the form of an immersive multimedia installation. Its large scale and heavy use of both physical and virtual components necessitated a wide range of traditional and digital production processes. Ultimately, this installation successfully exploits the unique potential of computer technology to reengage with tribal processes through interactive and immersive multimedia art.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16691

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Trent Nathaniel Grover

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454662

OCLC Number

268794304

ISBN

9780549686415

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

105 pages

Included in

Fine Arts Commons

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