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Nonvicarious Art: The Psychological Techniques and Phenomena Employed in James Turrell's Experiential Perceptual Cells and Ganzfeld Works
by Lotzgeselle, Alexandra, M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2019, 59; 22584801
Abstract (Summary)

This paper presents a comprehensive collection and explanation of the many psychological techniques and phenomena that are integrated into the works within James Turrell’s Perceptual Cells and Ganzfeld series. It will provide an experiential analysis of Light Reignfall (2011) from the former, and Breathing Light (2013) from the latter, as examples for why the author argues that these works demand a redefinition of the art object and the term “viewer”. The author also presents evidence of several of the interdisciplinary connections and benefits of the works to those outside of the field of art.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: George, Angela
Commitee: Siedell, Dan
School: Azusa Pacific University
Department: Art and Design
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Art Criticism, Psychology
Keywords: Experience, Light, Nonvicarious, Participant, Perception, Visual processing system
Publication Number: 22584801
ISBN: 9781088356081
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