A network of international artists and digital experts emerged during the research project and are available for projects involving public art, especially installations and workshops for enviornmental awareness or even to re-direct tourism flows to avoid saturation of a destination. We intend to add value to the tourism, education and museum sectors.
Re-Bound is available to take on new projects that involve installations and audience participation. We are aware of the immense role social media plays in today’s digital world and vitural reality dynamics that change a landscape. We offer workshops to children and adults to accompany the art installation.
The audience participation in art installations was an added value to the original project and served to extend the meaning of “public art.” Temporary, organic art installations that combine fixed objects with audience participation were an exciting outcome to watch how they played out.
This research project was supported by the University of Sunderland, W.A.L.K. research centre in the Art, Design and Media department with Mike Collier and Brian Thompson as my PhD directors.
This research project has key points that adhere to the paradigm shifts in philosophical thought, namely movement, perception, the body and art. Although since the Greeks Western philosophy has wrestled with these topics, the component of tactile perception inspired from Nature transformed into a 3D poetic canvas ---sculpture---has not been sufficiently investigated as an artistic creative process or its consequent empathy from public viewers. The closest proximity is Merleau Ponty’s phenomenological perspective due to its focus on perception from a holistic viewpoint that acknowledges tactile perception in a visual space. However, I will utilize Ponty’s philosophy as a base of the project due to his achievements in merging the body and mind as a holistic view of consciousness. In addition, I drew on Maria Zambrano’s Poetic Reason that gives the space between the heart and the mind to express a resonance of Nature.
This research project extends Ponty’s phenomenological existentialism into the tactile perceptual world more deeply and I will attempt to draw on it for a creative process as central to the project, rather than tangential. Ponty refers to tactile perception as part of kinaesthetic sensations beginning with “touching and being touched” as a double sensation, marked by psychologists and Husserl. Nonetheless, Ponty ranks visual perception higher than tactile in the overall field of perception. Ponty does not ignore the tactile perception cues, but rather argues against the “separation of the senses” in order to form a holistic view of perception.