Title: Retrovisions: the mirror as a threshold and spatial phenomenon: relations with architecture, set design and artistic installation.
- Author(s): Almudena Lopez Villalba.
- Director(s): Felisa de Blas Gomez.
- Summary: This thesis takes a tour of the different uses that the mirror has received through history based on its technical evolution and its relationship with spectator in art, architecture and scenery. From the chosen works it is explained how the viewer’s relationship with the work has evolved and how the mirror has been transformed to generate spatiality. The proposals have been condensed into three basic positions with respect to the mirror: Front, inside and on the other side of the mirror. This categorization is intended to manifest the transformation of the object mirror that reflects an element capable of generating spatiality. First with the creation of the habitable mirror and then with the ability of the mirror to create new worlds or heterotopias. It is also intended to find out the relationship that contemporary art establishes today with respect to the mirror, and to find the reasons for its renewed interest given the proliferation of it in art, scenery and contemporary architecture.
- Abstract: This Thesis explores the different ways mirrors have been used along History. Mirror connections with art, architecture and scenography will be analyzed, as well as perceived changes in these relationships as a consequence of technical evolution of reflection-making devices. Changes in the interaction between art and observer are explained through selection of art works. These works are gathered in three basic categories defined by the three different ways of observer reports to the mirror: in front, inside and beside. This categorization provides how mirrors have evolved from mere reflectors to full spatial generators: first by the creation of the habitable mirror, and then by mirrors own capacity to create new worlds or heterotopias. A big number of art pieces, buildings and stage designs using the mirror argument have been found along the research phase. Consequently, a special attention is paid to the use of mirror/reflection in contemporary art, in order to find the reasons for the renewed interest on this subject.
- Link: http://oa.upm.es/43369/