Date of Award

Fall 1-5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Tom Weaver

Second Advisor

Susan Crile

Academic Program Adviser

Susan Crile

Abstract

Over the past several centuries, the grid has colonized nearly every aspect of human life. This text traces the development of the grid in technology and art, and links the grid’s proliferation to the rise of modern governance. The grid has become the primary tool by which government exerts social control via the production of spectacle. As such, artists have increasingly recognized the grid as a central problematic to confront rather than reiterate. Within this context, I consider two of my videos: Today’s News (2020) and Tiles (2020).

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