NSCAD Digital Theses

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A History of the Exhibition 'In This Place'
The history of art institutions and Black artists in Nova Scotia has involved struggles and frustrations. What this essay attempts to make evident is that real change happens, despite obstacles that exist. The history of Black artists in Nova Scotia, from Jim Shirley to Carrie Mae Weems to Buseje Bailey, is the history of people who understood the power in their own hands.
At a Far Distance, True Colours and Shapes
Higher education has embraced the advantages of distance learning, but while current distance learning environments can be utilized for teaching visual designs at a distance, they are not ideal for the task. Simultaneously, the professional community has registered disappointment with student outcomes in web and interaction design programs. There two circumstances can be used as a rationale for conceptualizing an improvised distance learning environment model for teaching design. Using Action Research Methodology as a model for exploration this thesis presents a speculative improved model of distance learning aimed at visual design courses.
Canadian Currency Design
This thesis is an exploration of what defines the Canadian cultural experience through the medium of currency design. Canada has unique cultural attributes that are evident in the everyday object of a bank note, which are intended, but not guaranteed, to contribute to a better understanding of what it means to be Canadian.
Challenging Authority
"This thesis explores the evolution of art education and examines current changes to programs and curricula in Nova Scotia in order to assess whether such changes reflect the realities of our changing communities."
Character Design
"Character design is a very broad term. To understand how widely used this term is, consider character design in video games and then think of the character design of a room . This term, 'character design' is widely used to help express the feeling of an object or area; therefore, a wider understanding of the term in needed to fully understand character design within a specific genera. This term will be discussed, first from a wider spectrum of the meaning, and then focus on the term used within one sector, animation."
Collected Perceptions from the Associative Material
"Problems arise when trying to look at an artist's production during a specific period of time. Confusion ensues about the context provided by the continually expanding corpus and the parallel development of an "associative field"."
Constant...Intervals
Constant ... Intervals presents three instances of journalistic rhythm. These works distill and re-visualize real -time news data, foregrounding the ebb and flow of events that enter the roaming journalistic lens. Composed of newsprint, digital projection and reflected screens, this exhibition uses a counter-aesthetic of muted visuals and decelerated movements as a reply to the shimmering techno-graphics of 24-hour news channels and the urgent streams of seemingly constant reportage.
Et Lux Perpetua Luceat Eis
"'Allow Your light to perpetually shine upon them,' an invocation of the Office of the Dead. It points not just to light as the metaphor for and vehicle of divine life, but suggests more subtly that this life is not to be taken for granted - God will allow His Light to shine upon some, and not others. This is the beginning of difference, of differance,2 of linguistic, social and soteriological differentiation, a differentiation of impossibility, a difference deferred.3 It is a difference traced to a will - God's. There is Being only by virtue of a will that says yes and no, that the yes is necessarily contingent on the no."
Ethical Design
"If design is part of the problem can designers now become part of the solution or is it too late? In an attempt to answer these questions, the goal of this thesis will be two-fold: to offer a possible first step in defining the responsibility of the individual designer and his/her place in the practice of design; and to suggest an approach that can be used in the university classroom to introduce these first steps."
Image Object Idea Material
In my thesis I explore the evolution of· my painting processes and how it has been informed by my personal and philosophical motives. Beginning in the third section, I give a detailed chronological analysis of the evolution of my procedures from 2002 to 2008. Sections one and two deviate in tone from the rest of the paper, as they serve in different ways to give context and motive to my analysis.
Interchange
In Interchange, my research into walking as a cultural activity and creative act has merged with my fascination with interstitial public space. My previous photographic and poetic work has often explored a sense of place and relationship with landscape, and in developing this site-specific installation I have also become interested in the history of the public space immediately surrounding Anna Leonowens Gallery.

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