Thesis Defence: Jennifer Yong

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:00 am - 10:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Of the thesis entitled: Table-Top Views


High resolution aerial photography has become widely available in the twenty-first century. Already accustomed to consuming data-rich bird’s-eye views, we have eagerly adapted this scale of digital imagery for pleasure even while data analytics has emerged to treat such overviews as a new domain of research. Within a digital era proliferating with these images, we are aware that looking from an aerial viewpoint is not an entirely new practice; it was popular in many times and cultures before ours. Table-Top Views examines the persistent appeal of aerial pictures — the aesthetic allure that accompanies their historical and contemporary agency in urbanism, surveillance, war, and art. Elevated viewpoint images are studied through analogies to processes in related disciplines: cinematic methods like the aerial pan and the macro-to-micro zoom, the traditions of landscape painting in China and Japan, and image appropriation in Conceptual Art and flourishing in digital image discourse. Table-Top Views curates a series of images, a selection that confronts the world through an aerial viewpoint.

The examining committee is as follows:


Marie-Paule Macdonald, University of Waterloo

Anne Bordeleau, Univeristy of Waterloo

Committee Member:

Donald McKay, University of Waterloo

External Reader:

Scott Sorli

The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Wednesday September 13, 2017                 
10:00 AM               
ARC 2003

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.