|dc.description.abstract||This research paper explores some of the transition/tension between the past and the present (old and the new) in the current socio/political transformation. Through the trajectory of my own Norwegian background, I will investigate the use of heritage and ‘soft’ nationalism within formation of national identity, and look at some artists’ response to the current political discourse, through both their art making or writing. By investigating two distinctive symbols of national heritage, the bunad and Borre National Park, I hope to shine light on the complicated balancing act of the dichotomy between inclusion and exclusion when embracing national identity through a common history. The bunad is an increasingly popular, semi-invented national costume, and Borre is the largest burial site from the Viking era in Scandinavia. Furthermore, I will also explore social anthropological thinking around Eric Hobsnawn’s concept of ‘the invention of tradition’. The paper will look at the significance of the landscape and geographical identity, as well as the symbioses between place and the concept of the nation state.
Inserted into this, I will discuss some of the outcomes from the intense changeover from analogue technologies to the digital—generating new practices working across the mediums of photography, film/video and the digital. The hybrid medium specificity of the still-motion is of particular interest to my art practice. This video-formatted offspring of the slideshow allows for an expansion of the photographic medium, by viewing it through a cinematic frame, and in the process generating new narrative opportunities and registration of time. Finally, all the concerns articulated in this research will inform my final artwork exhibited in the SCA Postgraduate Degree show in December 2014; a two-piece video installation entitled On Shifting Ground.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||Sydney College of the Arts||en_AU|
|dc.title||On shifting ground||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Master of Fine Arts M.F.A.||en_AU|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|