Multi-tasking and flexibility : the wondrous adventures of two concepts as seen through Durga, Nokia and Cattelan

Prvacki, Ana (2005) Multi-tasking and flexibility : the wondrous adventures of two concepts as seen through Durga, Nokia and Cattelan. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Multi-tasking and flexibility : the wondrous adventures of two concepts as seen through Durga, Nokia and Cattelan
Synopsis:

I am proposing in this essay to juxtapose a representation of multi-handed Hindu goddess Durga, a Nokia smart phone, and Mauricio Cattelan's post-studio art practice. This will in turn help me, together with my reader, in identifying and fleshing out possible connections between different visualizations of multi-tasking on the one hand, and the incredibly fertile and diversified notions of physical and conceptual flexibility on the other. Physical flexibility suggests elasticity of the body, its wide range of motion. A flexible mind, or conceptual flexibility, would imply that this range and elasticity would apply to the intellectual, psychological process of conceiving ideas and notions.

Given the nature of the subject, I have opted for a rhizomatic analysis rather than a straightforward linear approach. The vegetal metaphor of the rhizome was popularized in Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. These authors use the rhizome and its multiplicity to refer to the “principles of connection and heterogeneity”, stating that “any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be.” In recent years, Edward de Bono's approach to “lateral thinking” has been another example of this expansive methodology.

This study uses linguistic metaphors to try to find unexpected connections and thereby learn more about the world in which we participate. For this reason I use primarily associative logic. The rhizomatic methodology seems particularly appropriate to my interest in metaphor and association. Like the rhizome, multitasking and flexibility allow one to push the conceptual potential of the thinking process and expand perceptual boundaries.

Subjects: Fine Arts
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 07:59
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 07:59
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/402

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