Mist: Form as Social Apparatus, 2019

This is a year long research project which culminated in both a written undergraguate art historical thesis and a performative lecture presentation. Mentored by Dr. Ann Reynolds.

What is the political implication of professional exhibition spaces dictating what should and should not be looked at? How does capitalism’s obsession with packaging affect the way we sense objects in galleries? Drawing from the video-installation work of both Mika Rottenberg and Sondra Perry, as well as theoretical frameworks including Karen Barad’s agential realism and Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects, this thesis illustrates a speculative reality in which all rigid structures and ontological taxonomies are mist. One is then better able to visualize the overlapping spatial power dynamics embedded within the physical context of formal art spaces as well as the things and people inside of them. This thesis aims to question the presumed neutrality of professional exhibition spaces through a formal analysis by particularly focusing on critically ignored utilitarian infrastructural elements such as extension chords, ceilings, and power outlets.

The pdf for this thesis has been taken down because I’ve picked up working on it again.