Liminality and ontological materiality : an investigation of a dualistic christian grand narrative, governing human relationship with the natural world

dc.contributor.advisorGunter, Elizabethen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHeyns, Tertiusen_ZA
dc.contributor.otherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Visual Arts.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThesis MA(VA)--Stellenbosch University, 2017.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis is an investigation of the historical influence of Christianity on the grand narratives governing the human relationship with the natural world. It examines the role that certain central Christian metaphors have played in the moral conditioning of humans and especially the way in which particular Biblical texts have been constructed as a fantasy of mastering and escaping the natural world. The result is a problematic dualistic narrative that posits nature primarily as a flawed, temporary home from which escape is necessary, in direct contrast to an eternal spiritual afterlife which offers perfection and salvation. Humankind’s utimate dependence on the natural is denied, resulting in further alienation from nature. Reductive and violent Biblical binary oppositions, become a trigger for my visual art and intuitive prosesses, through which I visually express a personal concern, engaging and challenging these largely uncontested monolythic narratives. I employ the postmodern concept of ontological materiality to emphasize and confront a deep rooted epistemological discrimination against the natural world. In my art installations, I use the idea of liminality, where the viewer is confronted with coplex emotional experiences, which hopefully serve to evoke perceptual change. My thesis is not an iconoclastic attack on Christianity, but a neccecary investigation of its enduring influence on contemporary, secular grand narratives, like science, capitalism and politics. It is a humble attempt to contribute towards a new narrative and to provoke alternative views regarding the natural world.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Raadpleeg teks vir opsommingaf_ZA
dc.format.extent108 pages : illustrationsen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch : Stellenbosch Universityen_ZA
dc.subjectSecular grand narrativesen_ZA
dc.subjectChristianity and arten_ZA
dc.subjectHumanity and natureen_ZA
dc.titleLiminality and ontological materiality : an investigation of a dualistic christian grand narrative, governing human relationship with the natural worlden_ZA
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch Universityen_ZA

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