Title page for ETD etd-04102008-111620

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tourek, Adam
URN etd-04102008-111620
Title Land Alive!, or Metamorphosis in the Sportsman's Paradise
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Malcolm McClay Committee Chair
Kelli Kelley Committee Member
Loren Schwerd Committee Member
Susuan Ryan Committee Member
Wei He Committee Member
  • Mississippi River
  • participation
  • ritual
  • storytelling
  • game
  • sculpture
  • art
  • performance
Date of Defense 2008-04-02
Availability unrestricted
"Land Alive!" is best described a multimedia work. The produce of travels to the area of the Mississippi River delta, along with text-based research, formed the materials from which two evenings of participative performance were crafted. Personal narratives were used alongside evaluations of administrative programs, and the space in the Backyard Gallery was transformed using shovels, buckets, and teamwork. Found chairs, rope, and other objects, through ritualized interaction, became an aesthetic formation; everyone present worked together in the assembly of a boat, which contained the results of these interactions between myself, six volunteers, and an audience turned participants. The evenings were an opportunity for individuals to come together, connect to each other, and share a different kind of encounter with the Mississippi River delta. This was an interdisciplinary undertaking; my training as a studio artist was complimented with the study of performance, physical science, and sociology, The goal of this project was to propel new kinds of ideas into old and difficult problems.
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