Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art

First Advisor

Constance Dejong

Second Advisor

Lisa Corinne Davis

Academic Program Adviser

Joel Carreiro

Abstract

A descriptor of my artistic practice, a text piece, a series of linguistic musings, and more, Sawft.servindat… [v1.7] attempts to explore the dance between language, embodiment, and performativity. More specifically, the text moves through metaphor and metonym, Englishes, Spanishes, and Images, the performativity of representation and the representation of performativity —my body. My body moving across spaces and times. As part of the Sawft.servindat… series, Sawft.servindat… [v1.7] uses the scroll down format of most PDF reading software to activate the inherently embodied experience of intra-acting with technologies, resisting the dichotomy between the virtual and analog. Englishes juxtaposed with Spanishes juxtaposed with Images juxtaposed with me juxtaposed with you. Sawft.servindat… [v1.7] employs the embodied process of reading on a computer as a site for thinking through the politricks of determining what a body is and what bodies matter; we simultaneously ask when am I?

 
 

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