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The Aesthetics of Posing

Debaene, Aurélie Josephine (2022) The Aesthetics of Posing. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94029) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:94029)

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This thesis develops an aesthetics of posing, using a framework of analytic aesthetics supported by both contemporary and art historical examples. It responds to a distinct lack of literature in aesthetics dealing directly with posing as a concept and common tool used in art making. It moves beyond existing art historical accounts, which, understandably, tend to focus on the artworks and their content, or the limited archival information available about life models. While posing is treated within a context of photography, and subsequently touches on editorial and commercial modelling, this research does not aim to add to the sociological and anthropological scholarship on the fashion industry's economic and creative exploitation. Instead, it offers a philosophical account of the qualities that constitute posing, by analysing its function within traditional visual media, photography, and fashion runways. Models' experiences are increasingly (self-)reported, unveiling a precarious, at times very in-the-public-eye, position within the art sector and advertising industry. Understanding posing within this context of art making, in turn, ameliorates our aesthetic understanding of how modelling constitutes a skilled artistic practice. Posing can be understood as an artistic tool which the model expertly employs. This thesis traces how the model deeply influences art making, its resulting artworks, as well as their reception.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Friday, Jonathan
Thesis advisor: Maes, Hans
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.94029
Uncontrolled keywords: art philosophy aesthetics portraiture history life model artist photography visual arts painting drawing sculpture fashion body objectification pose posing ethics performance
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
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SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2022 15:40 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 03:16 UTC
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Debaene, Aurélie Josephine.

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