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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Edwards, Lyman Landreth
URN etd-10192004-085142
Title INTER- An Evolving Installation
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michaelene Walsh Committee Chair
Paul Dean Committee Member
Robert Hausey Committee Member
Robert Silverman Committee Member
Wei He Committee Member
Keywords
  • interactive exhibition
  • sand installation
Date of Defense 2004-09-27
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Inter- An Evolving Installation is an interactive site specific installation designed and constructed in the School of Art Gallery at Louisiana State University. This installation explores the interplay between the ideas of order and change by presenting the visitor with a very structured environment that by nature of its design and materials changes with each footstep. Sand, granulated carbon, and clay cover the floor of the gallery in a geometric pattern inspired by the Fibonacci Sequence and Buddhist sand paintings. As a person enters the installation it immediately changes from its original design simply through disturbance by the visitor's footsteps in the sand. The visitor is faced with the decision to walk carefully leaving minimal impact or allow oneself to change the installation as much as desired by actively manipulating the materials. When the visitor exits, the installation is left in a new state of order, and this process is repeated with each subsequent person that enters.

Inter- An Evolving Installation was open for visiting from August 24 through September 3, 2004. Each day the installation changed, slowly at first, then very quickly on the last day of the exhibition. In the end, the deliberate geometric design of its beginnings was no longer recognizable, demonstrating the evolving relationship between order and change.

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