research product . 2021

Peripheries as healers : the wasteland talismans as a case study

Vesiväki, Jenny;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Country: Finland
The purpose of this thesis was to understand the concept of periphery in relation to areas and environments, and to gather information on the benefits of exposure to peripheries. A series of artworks was created to accompany the written thesis. The study was conducted to support the artworks by giving them a conceptual framework. The process of making a twenty-artwork series called Periphery Talismans (now my daydreaming is spontaneous) is described in the case study as a part of the thesis. The sources used for the written part include books, articles and essays on topics that relate to peripheries. Wilderness, natural environments, abandoned places and wastelands and the aesthetics of peripheral places are all explored further. The theoretical foundation for the thesis is based on the writings of Marko Leppänen, the founder of The School of Esoteric Geography and Periphery Therapy. Other authors referenced include environmentalist and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gary Snyder, artist Jenny Odell and author and translator Ville-Juhani Sutinen. The study revealed the importance of peripheral areas as equalizers. It was made clear that areas that have peripheral qualities are not only havens for wildlife, but also important places of rest and recuperation for humans became evident. Furthermore, it was revealed that seeing our minds and bodies as wild, instead of the normalized view of seeing them as civilized, can help humans experience healing and live more balanced lives.
free text keywords: Fine Art, fi=Kuvataide|sv=Bildkonst|en=Fine arts|, peripheries, talismans, remote districts, art, artists, fine arts, artistic work, contemporary art, sublime, periferiat, syrjäseudut, talismaanit, taide, taiteilijat, kuvataide, taideteokset, nykytaide, ylevä, Degree Programme in Media and Art
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