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Alleviating digital fatigue through embodied artistic practice and green space

Alleviating digital fatigue through embodied artistic practice and green space

Watkins, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-8872-7041 (2024) Alleviating digital fatigue through embodied artistic practice and green space. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. ISSN 1479-4713 (Print), 2040-0934 (Online) (doi:

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Digital fatigue, physical and mental tiredness caused by the continuous use of digital devices is a global concern. This paper surveys current research that problematizes the narrowed, but heightened attention often demanded by digital devices. It reframes the problem of fatigue in terms of affect and highlights research into immersion in green spaces that demonstrate some restoration of psychological and physical well-being. Evolutionary psychologists posit that forming our perceptual model of the world distances us from external reality. This suggests that an image of a green space, even when reduced through abstraction can still be effective. The use of visual reduction in eliciting a feeling of the self dissolving into the green space is examined from philosophical and psychological viewpoints. Phenomenological experiences of work from artists who use visual reduction, with non-directed attention, not focusing on details and not-naming elements, are delineated to clarify how this approach can be used
to counter digital fatigue. The methodology is autoethnographic. A multi-stranded approach to alleviating digital fatigue through practice as research is articulated: laying down a strong sensory memory in a green space to counter digital fatigue, phenomenological viewing of artworks and creating visually reduced digital photographs, paintings and immersive light installations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: artist, autoethnography, green space, affect, embodied experience, phenomenological gaze, immersion, reduced visuals
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2024 13:00

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