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The beautiful room is empty

posted on 2023-10-04, 04:33 authored by JULIA CLAIRE MCINERNEY
An auspicious encounter with a permanently-sealed window upon commencing my doctoral research has come to serve the role of a question, or an image, around which a transformation unfolds. Located in my apartment, the window’s state of closure presents a fixed barrier between the ‘I’ and the outside world. I see the unfettering of the window as corresponding to the mechanics of the shutter of a camera, a medium I draw upon throughout my research. The attendant light and exposure, introduced by way of its opening, is reflective of a state of ‘bewilderment’. This state of bewilderment was produced by what I will describe as ‘events,’ which allow one to see the world “from the point of view of two rather than one,” thought by Alain Badiou as love’s essential transfiguration.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Marian Crawford

Additional supervisor 1

Helen Hughes

Additional supervisor 2

Melinda Harvey

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Fine Art


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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