Tropicality and Creative Practice: Temperature, Temperament and Temporality

Sally Pryor


An exploration of materiality, corporeality and the creative tropics. The paper investigates factors affecting creative practice in the tropics, referring to the experience of the author and selected local artists and teasing out the impact on the creative mind, body and output. Major themes are the impact of: heat and humidity; tropical light and colour; and the impermanence of material culture. The scientific foundations of these aspects are outlined and a range of experiences, implications and adaptive strategies are discussed. These factors are seen to be more generally applicable and the concept of the Tyranny of the Temperate is identified. Paper illustrated with stills from the author’s work, Tropicality 1.2.

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