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Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses2010 (PC020403.06) ➔ Untitled Thesis Project


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Parsons School of Design. Photography Department. (sponsoring body)
Meg Lyding (photographer)


May 2010


In Vedic philosophy, with an ‘other’, a person, thing, or quality opposing the self, comes fear. Anything outside what we consider our ‘self’ is on some level threatening. Fear is culled when one no longer sees themselves as separate from and at odds with the events of their life. Freedom is truly freedom from fear and so freedom from the illusion of separation. All events are fluid and in relationship. All behavior is circumstantially induced. All definition is derived from its context. The dismantling of boundaries that do not serve but limit, that inhibit adaptation to and necessity of the moment, requires a radical annihilation of a separate self. No boundary. My work is a play with relationship, a confrontation of the boundaries that structure our world through devising situations that seek to expose their instability. I interact with another, an object, with my surroundings, with my own body in non-verbal dialogues that engage the mind/body from the point of immediate experience. All interactions have a set of prompting guidelines, a means to begin, and are then played out through improvisation and chance. Through wordless contemplation, the situation is offered as a means to move beyond itself. “When purpose has been used to achieve purposelessness, the thing has been grasped.”



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