Control, Devices, Society, and Memes

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Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging


“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This is Newton’s Third Law of Motion. According to Newton, whenever objects A and B interact with each other, they exert forces upon each other. In this thesis I suggest that in art the artist and the audience both exert forces. However, sometimes both think they are in control of the action and/or reaction. I am exploring “control” in interactive and performance audio and video art. Every action that the audience member takes causes a reaction on the computer screen in real time. The results will show that even when the audience makes a choice of the action to perform, the artist predetermines the reaction.


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