|dc.description.abstract||This practice-led research project investigates ways to account for contemporary photographic practices that reside in the continuum between the representational and the abstract. As an inquiry with multiple entryways, it is an attempt to offer a language through which to describe and evaluate photography that is not easily situated in existing traditions. This thesis argues that photographs, which are difficult to locate through conventional readings, can call forth new ways of deciphering and translating our affective experience of everyday life and give voice to difference. This project is, therefore, also a generative contribution to the emergent literature on ordinary affects within the visual arts—a subject which has been more rigorously considered in literature, theatre, cinema, and philosophy.
In offering new possibilities for thinking about contemporary photography, through analysing its technical means of production and the related conceptual implications, this research moves towards a better understanding of a photograph’s affective charge. As an interdisciplinary entanglement between philosophy, art theory, contemporary artworks, and a studio-based practice, this project does not seek to prove if something is true, but rather looks to challenge traditions, make new connections, and create lines of flight through unconventional assemblages.
In drawing upon the work of Gilles Deleuze to map and contextualise the research findings, this thesis offers encounters that operate beyond representation to create new images of thought. Through examining the concepts of minor photography, the transnarrative televisual, and the baroque mise-en-scène, this research asserts the potential of expanded photographic practices to dismantle habits of perception and create alternative pathways for imagining the world.||en_US