Tom Wade, a senior in MDIA’s HTC Program, will present his thesis exhibition this week. Tom explains:
"Circulation of the Light" is a video art gallery which explores the relationship between time and the psyche through stop motion, computer, and direct cinema animation. Most of the media we consume in our daily lives is linear; it has a definite beginning and end- so the spacial metaphor our mind uses to comprehend time in most cases is a discrete line. My thesis presents the argument that when cinema is looped perfectly, such that one cannot distinguish a beginning or end point, one automatically understands to apply the spacial metaphor of a circle rather than that of a line to the visual experience at hand. Therefore, I argue that perfectly looped animation projects the image of a circle into the subconscious, where it cannot be 'seen' but can be experienced as a feeling, contributing greatly to the psychic phenomenon of mesmerization. I believe that the feeling arising from this mesmerization is due to the temporal image of the circle evoking the archetype of the mandala, which creates a sensation of psychic wholeness, narrowing the focus of the viewer into the present moment.
The thesis exhibition will be located in Baker Center Room 231 and will be free admission. The dates/hours for the exhibition are:
Monday 4/24 12pm-7pm
Tuesday 4/25 10am-7pm
Wednesday 4/26 10am-4:30pm