Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Digital Media

First Advisor

Shona Kitchen

Second Advisor

Clement Valla

Third Advisor

Leah Beeferman


Tools determine the shape of most of the worlds that are manufactured or measured. Taking the Earth as an example, territory is shaped and transformed by the tools of the earth's plate movement, the sea, and humans. A map, a recognized territory, is represented through numerical instruments, mathematical formulas, and visual devices such as lenses.

The instrumental perspective is one of the powerful lenses that will work effectively into the past, present, and future. So I started to apply an instrumental perspective to digital space. Digital space which is Non-physical has become one of the most important worlds for contemporary humans, but it has been found that the geography, historical practices, and power structure of the physical world are rather strongly embedded in digital space, causing Western perception.

The pixels, principles of light, and Skeuomorphs that make up digital space are mostly based on Western scientific knowledge, research, and historical practices. Most people who use digital devices recognize and live their lives based on these rules. A strong bias in the way we experience the world is inherent in the digital world. It is a kind of digital colonization.

To subvert this, in this book, the digital world was divided into three stages: surface, digital image, and pixel. Rules and tools that are very universally established at each stage will be dismantled and then satirically reassembled by substituting different geo-cultural backgrounds. In other words, this book is made up of attempts to analyze the digital space built in the dominant environment of the West and create cracks.


View exhibition online: Dowon Yoo, New Mapping



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