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ERIC Number: ED536536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 95
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
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Exploring Dreamspace through Video Art with At-Risk Youth
Ehinger, Jon
Online Submission, Master's Thesis, Pratt Institute
This thesis is an art-based research video demonstration of an alternate medium for art therapy. It postulates the value and validity of media arts as a therapeutic modality by way of adopting the major motion picture green screening technique for therapy with an at-risk youth population. Four male participants, raging from 16 to 19 years of age, completed videos in a group, using the green screen video process as a primary therapeutic tool. In a 3-week time period, the video experiential used green screening to explain personal dreams, wishes, and fantasies within a clinical studio environment. In this thesis, I have attempted to coin the term, "Dreamspace"[R], as a representation of clients' interactions with the second layer of video green screen within the context of a perceived interactive experience with the unconscious Self, as defined by Jung (1979). The therapeutic video environment in this thesis research offers transformative healing powers to the client by way of allowing them to virtually relive internalized experiences or invent new ones. Individual participants used the green screen process to imagine themselves within a wrestling fantasy, revenge strategy, urban walkabout, and space drama. Participants using the invisible second layer green screen as a healing image may be understood to be contained within a Winnicottian (1971) play space that is transitional and phenomenological. This media arts therapy green screen work can serve as a lab for more video resources in public school settings, as well as a viable mental health medium in treatment facilities. The following are appended: (1) Letter of Intent; (2) Consent Form; (3) Letter to Guardian; and (4) Letter of Support. (Contains 27 figures.) [DVD video is not included with the ERIC version of this document.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York