This thesis investigates, through a largely video and performance based art practice,
some of the relationships between Comedy, Contemporary art and psychological defence
mechanisms. This body of work aims to challenge some preconceived notions of what
comedy in an artistic context can be, including comedy that involves elements of disgust,
irony, failure and anti-humour. The research here also attempts to find unique
perspectives that have come about through the intersection of specific psychological
defence mechanisms, experimental comedy, and contemporary art.