coup d'oeil translates as "stroke of eye;" it also means a sudden blink or glimpse. It was used as a military term referring to a general's ability to assess with a single glance the advantages and disadvantages of a battlefield. I have titled this thesis coup d'oeil because it addresses the general lack of strategy and analysis by viewers of popular images. Images are omnipresent; they guide and influence humanity. They are not inherently adversarial, but when they assault both our conscious and unconscious minds, they can be extremely influential and destructive. The images in this thesis are similarly made to manipulate. coup d'oeil has two main categories of images: the real (images taken of the consumer or viewer) and the simulated (images produced for the consumer or viewer). Through the juxtaposition of images of the viewer and for the viewer, the thesis installation exposes this relationship between the viewer and the media.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Video installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Television in art; Visual communication
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Sheffield, Clarence Jr
Quarto, Stephanie, "Coup d'oeil" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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