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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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Unstable Systems or Why Is My Junk So Raw? is an exploration in the raw aesthetics of exposed electronics; showing the complicated systems that make our everyday electronics work using the visual language of formalism to display these “broken” consumer electronics as art. The work in my thesis show explores the creative potential of death and impermanence through the failing of technology. The work in the exhibition combines my interest and childhood fascination in electronics as well as my experience with my father’s illness. Accidentally and intentionally broken TV’s and electronics are producing live glitches which emphasize the instability of these otherwise closed systems.

First Advisor

Jenny Vogel

Second Advisor

Shona Macdonald

Third Advisor

Copper Giloth