Observing the observer through a new methodology case study: Melati Suryodarmo's exergie butter dance (2010)

Amador, Tanya Michele (2019) Observing the observer through a new methodology case study: Melati Suryodarmo's exergie butter dance (2010). Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Observing the observer through a new methodology case study: Melati Suryodarmo's exergie butter dance (2010)
Synopsis:

Existing frameworks for considering performance art tend to scrutinise the art form by addressing its ephemerality, the use of the artist’s body, and psychological nuances as pertaining to emotionally elicited affects. However, many times these ignore the habitus of the spectators altogether. Prevailing discourse often briefly references the audience as being participants in the work, but seldom goes deeper into the experience of the individual viewer. This study proposes a new method of analysis through the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). A qualitative method of data collection, IPA allows the reader to understand an individual’s reception of a particular event, or “phenomena” from the perspective of the chosen individual subjects and their specific context(s).
Using the performance, Exergie Butter Dance performed at the Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden in 2010 by Indonesian performance artist, Melati Suryodarmo as a case study, in this thesis an insightful interview process with three individuals narrates how the viewer’s preconceived notions, cultural values, experiences, and pre-programming cause them to understand performance works in the ways that they do. By shifting the focus from the somatic, psychological, and semiotic meanings of artistic intent and towards a richer analytical methodology, this thesis endeavours to open up an avenue for understanding audience reception through the ingrained belief systems and experiences that each individual comes to the work with.

Subjects: Art History
Art History > Thesis -- MA Asian Art Histories
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 06:37
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 02:34
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/740
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