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The Thing Is All Around Itself

  • Author(s): Spriggs, Hermione
  • Advisor(s): Cruz, Teddy
  • Pastor, Jennifer
  • et al.

What happens when a body of knowledge returns to the body from which it took off? What does it mean to study life through it's carcass?

THE THING IS ALL AROUND ITSELF considers an `island' from the perspective of Malaise, a flying insect trap that mimics the form of a human tent. The Malaise trap acts to passively involve insects by intercepting their flight path before funneling them into a bottle-neck chamber. This Thesis explores trap-setting as an alternative paradigm for artistic process, whilst the trap produced then functions as a non-euclidean frame through which to view the world - a klein-bottle space in which inside is always out.

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