Archive for April, 2009

Methods and Results

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Methods of Inquiry for collecting, arranging and analyzing data:

Building and maintaining: an Antarctic Thesaurus and a Log.

Improvising: through moving, drawing and animating

Writing: in the online Thesaurus, Log, and Animation Information screens; in journals that I carry with me; for the written part of the thesis.

Results of the research:

ENERGIES: A sequence of animations that represent physical and biological energies that together shape Antarctica - krill, diatoms, seals, humans, bottom water circulation, the circumpolar current, glacial ice melting, and sea levels rising.
ELEMENTS: animations arranged according to elements that comprise the Antarctic environment - ice, rock, fire, air, life

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ANTARCTIC ENERGIES

ANTARCTIC ENERGIES is a more developed version of ENERGIES, made for screening at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 3rd International Open Science Meeting (GLOBEC) in Canada this June.

It’s aim with this work is to suggest the reciprocity that exist between all living things and the natural world.

Human movement combined with objective data through animation is used to represent our continuity with the environment.

This file is too large for displaying on-line. I am happy to post copies to interested parties. Contact me.

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The Shape of the written part of the thesis is now:

Contents
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Sensing my place in Antarctic space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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Introducing the research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
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Reviewing the literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
…Metaphors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
……Early marks and gestures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
……Circles, spirals and spheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
……Metaphors of body and mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
……Metaphors of art and science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
…Languages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
……Multiple, opposing and shifting views . . . . . . . . . . . 25
……Maps of mind and body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
……Harmonic signs, sounds, gestures, voices . . . . . . . . 36
……Metaphors from past times and places . . . . . . . . . . 41
…Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
……Empathic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
……Desired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
……Coveted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
……Sublime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
…Dances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
……Arctic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
……Antarctic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
…Animations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
……Narrative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
……Elemental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
……Oceanic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
……Scientific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
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Contributing to the field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
…Combining drawing and dance through animation
to connect with Antarctica kinesthetically . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
…Combining objective observations and subjective responses
to suggest our reciprocity with Antarctica . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
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Foundation work: Early encounters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
…Antarctic fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
…A Little Skiting on the Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
…Roget’s Circular. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
…Terra Incognita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
…42 Days in Antarctica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
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New work: Antarctic Animation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
…Methods of inquiry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
……Improvising with movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
……Building a thesaurus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
……Drawing on chance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
……Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
…Composing and arranging animations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
……Encounters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
……Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
…………Ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
…………Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
…………Fire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
…………Air .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
…………Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
……Energies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
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Presenting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151
…Conferences, exhibitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
…On-line interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
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Evaluating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
…Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
…What did and did not work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
…What I have learned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
…What I can show you that you did not know before . . . . 152
…What has changed since I began this research . . . . . . . 152
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Concluding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153
…What this research means . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
…What more needs to be done in this area . . . . . . . . . . . 153
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Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154


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