Sunday, 29 November 2009

Unit 3: Environment Brief... Starting My Research

So we received our brief for unit 3 in the crit on Friday and no matter how many times i read it, i still couldn't quite grasp what it was about. I understood that it was similar to the unit before and that we would combine it with our Maya work, but some of the words were new to me. So after i finished my Maya work today, i decided to get straight on with this new unit and do a bit of background research. I firstly identified and underlined any words in the brief which i didn't understand. I also underlined any key names and details that i could use as kewords when researching.

The first word i looked into the meaning of was tableaux vivants or tableau vivant for non-plural. Most people would guess that it's a French word and it actually means "living picture." it describe's a group of suitably costumed 'actors,' carefully positioned and often theatrically lit. The people do not move or speak, marrying the art forms of stage with those of painting/photography.

After that i looked into what 'The Uncanny' was. I established that it was a Freudian concept used to identify an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in an uncomfortably strange feeling. it often creates cognotive dissonance within a subject due to the nature of being attracted to, yet repulsed by an object at the same time. This often leads to a rejection of the object, as we would rather reject than rationalize.

As cognotive dissonance was brought into the last meaning, i needed to find out what it meant. I soon learned that it's a theory, used in social psychology, which gives an uncomfortable feeling when holding two contradictory ideas at the same time. It normally occurs when a person perceives a logical inconsistency among their cognitions. This happens when one idea implies the opposite of another. An example would be the belief of animal rights interpreted with eating meat or wearing fur. This contradiction could lead to experiencing negative emotional states, also known as dissonance.

I now feel i have a better understanding of the brief, although i have also looked into the history of tableaux vivants to make sure i have the best possible understanding before Phil's lecture on Tomorrow.

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