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
Donald McKay, University of Waterloo
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday September 13, 2017
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.