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Entre a ausência e a presença : o papel da rasura na transformação de significado

Author(s): Ferreira, Margarida Lemos, 1991-

Date: 2018

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Origin: Repositório da Universidade de Lisboa

Subject(s): Holzer, Jenny, 1950-; Macdonald, Travis; Kosuth, Joseph, 1945-; Broodthaers, Marcel, 1924-1976; Ray, Man, 1890-1976; Rasura; Presença; Ausência; Destruição criativa; Desconstrução; Arte Multimédia - Especialização em Audiovisuais; Arte Multimédia - Especialização em Audiovisuais; Arte Multimédia - Especialização em Audiovisuais


The present research, and the artistic works that follow it, examines the practice of erasure as a device of transformation, capable of assigning new meanings to a given object. It is thus necessary to understand how this strategy can be incorporated into the artistic production, giving new interpretations to preexisting texts, images or records. It is in this theoretical framework that the main question of the investigation arises: is it possible to create meaning from a deliberate act of suppression? In other words, is it possible to reshape and to attribute value to an object, through a symbolic gesture of cancellation? Such ideas will be fundamental to develop the concept of erasure over the course of this project. This practice is particularly interesting as a case study, since erasure acts as a space of mediation between presence and absence, visibility and invisibility, memory and oblivion, excess and loss, exposure and concealment, creation and destruction. To understand this phenomenon it is, hence, necessary to reduce it to its most elemental form, as a stage of conflict between two opposing forces: the marking of erasure (the element that suppresses) and the trace of what is under erasure (the suppressed element). It is this permanent state of instability, tension and fluctuation that creates the potential transformation of meaning. As a result, throughout this investigation, it will be determined the definition of erasure; its implications through history; its translation into the artistic practice; its possible interpretatitons; and, finally, its importance as a tool of intervention to engage the abundance of unprocessed messages in contemporary societies, as it will be demonstrated by the development of the artistic project. These ideas will culminate in a final installation, Guião para 00:04:45 Horas, comprised of a video work and three typewritten pages or “scripts”

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Document Type Master thesis
Language Portuguese
Advisor(s) Taveira, Rogério, 1966-; Reis, Jorge dos, 1971-
Contributor(s) Ferreira, Margarida Lemos, 1991-
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