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BRANTHWAITE, Michael (2015) Black Dot. [Artefact]

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Additional Information: This practice-based research project explores forensic archaeological methodologies and the use of digital techniques to recreate a new understanding of objects and associated narratives. The intertwined methodologies of both fields are complementary, recreating and imagining new spaces and contexts. ‘Black dot’ draws on the contextualization, as materiality, of a fetus with a black ink tattoo on the bottom of its foot (Dr. Gemma Angel 2015) and how this renders the corpse as part of material culture, counter to the subjective response of an unborn human. The work sets out to address this notion of something being both an object and sentient. The dissemination takes the form of a digital animation on Flat screen TV. Moving and still images are combined as a reference to the forensic archeological methods forming part of a discursive dialogue where different forms of information interlace to create new meanings. Photography and photogrammetry are used to add the animated 3D render of a doorstop ( a vernacular object used as signifier for the object-ness of the fetus ) to the artist's foot. These methods were chosen specifically for their connection with Forensic archeological methods, the aesthetic qualities it engenders whilst encapsulating historical information. ‘Black Dot’ offers an innovative contribution to material practice by co-opting methodologies that are being used to capture and analyze material that could not be accessed for ethical reasons. Placing the artist in the work as a surrogate ‘object’ invites further discourse of relating unseen objects and perceptions with daily life and the challenges this creates. The doorstop is also a Conceptual tool, since few will see the fetus as it cannot be accessed by the public, yet the work offers a door to its particularities and specific nature of it as a specimen.
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Depositing User: Michael BRANTHWAITE
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 15:17
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2019 10:46
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5063

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