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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Scott, Dana Yvette
Email dana.scott@up.ac.za
URN etd-10312012-143238
Document Title Physical landscape as a narrative of identity construction : the development of an animation design project entitled “My time, my place”
Degree Master of Arts
Department Visual Arts
Advisor Name Title
Ms R van Zyl Co-Supervisor
Mr D Reyburn Supervisor
  • workshop
  • visual narrative
  • Ubuntu
  • thirdness
  • thirdspace
  • third space
  • shared space
  • relational space
  • postmodern identity
  • nomad
  • narrative ontology
  • narrative landscape
  • narrative
  • Matthew Potteiger
  • Jessica Benjamin
  • Margaret Somers
  • Jamie Purinton
  • animated short
  • animation
  • design discourse
  • design process
  • design praxis
  • Edward Soja
  • Homi K Bhabha
  • identity construction
Date 2012-04-17
Availability unrestricted
This study and the accompanying design project explore postmodern identity construction as a nomadic state of being in relation to the shared experience of space. The potential of the relationship between postmodern identity and physical space is explored both theoretically and through practical application. The main theory explored is ‘third space’, with specific reference to the concept of ‘thirdness’ as articulated by American psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin (in Frosh & Baraitser 2009). This study examines how shared spaces can, through narrative reframed by ontology (Somers 1994), be seen as physical manifestations of the ‘third space’ as envisaged by the likes of Homi K Bhabha (1994) and Edward Soja (1996). The notion of ‘thirdness’ is used to explore the relationship between individuals and shared space. ‘Thirdness’ is also paralleled to Ubuntu. ‘Thirdness’ is investigated as a means to access shared relational spaces that provide an abundance of symbolic narratives that can be gathered and integrated into the self. This study explores how being connected through shared space has the potential to be constructive in identity formation in the wake of unstable postmodern identity.

This study uses a design process adapted from Karl Aspelund (2006) as an approach to the research. In the context of this study, design is seen as more than the resulting artefact. It encompasses the thought process, the methods used and steps taken to reach a particular research outcome. This study attempts to form a synthesis between the theoretical research conducted and design praxis in the form of the design outcome. As inspiration for the design action, the design process followed in this research facilitates the exploration of theory that is perhaps unfamiliar to design discourse. The steps in the process allow the refinement of concepts, application of the theory in a practical environment (a paper making workshop) and finally, the visualisation of the theory via the design artefact (an animated short). The medium of animation is selected purposively in order to convey the interpretive narrative derived from the process. The paper produced in the workshop reflects the theory, inspires the narrative of the animation and is used to create the environment and characters of the animation, which, in turn, embody the overarching concepts of the study.

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Please cite as follows:

Scott, DY 2011, Physical landscape as a narrative of identity construction : the development of an animation design project entitled “My time, my place”, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10312012-143238 / >


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