Collection and Dissolution

"Collection and Dissolution" is my master's thesis in Fine Arts from 2009. It is an attempt to deal with the contradiction of writing about your own art. Instead I ended up writing about my creative process of making the art, and support that by discussing the idea of active information in relation to our everyday life.

Probably the most important thing I think, in retrospect, about this particular text is maybe not necessarily the content, but the style of how I discussed the content. I have used it as an example to some students as a way to approach a confusing subject but still end up with an interesting piece of text that is not dry and boring.

It spirals out into a much more broad and loose discussion, flirting with interests in quantum mechanics and the limitations of consciousness. I have some research in here but it is not like most fine arts discussions; most of my sources are from the field of science and science journalism. In retrospect I am not happy with all of the sources anymore, but that is not important, the thing is what it is.

I have laid out my argument pretty straight here, propped up by big block quotes. Again, the meaning of the artwork is not discussed, as I did not consider it appropriate or useful to anyone (and still don't).

There are also detailed descriptions of my two thesis artworks: "The Silence in Between" and the noise music performance "You Are Dissolved."

Dr. David Crawford, my supervisor on this project, died in November 2009. He was a huge inspiration and pushed me in the right direction to go as far with this text as I did. He is sorely missed.

You can download the abstract and the entire document here or just look at it inline below: