Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Graphic Design

First Advisor

James Goggin

Second Advisor

Keira Alexandra

Third Advisor

Ryan Waller

Abstract

Reading rooms examines a set of three conditions for diverse modes of spatial reading. These conditions originate from three common terms: object, space, and performer, which I have subjectively defined through my thesis work. I hope to clarify my own design methodology by examining these terminologies through the thesis process.

I regard printed media as independent objects which have physical qualities: material, texture, volume, and depth. My practice emphasizes physical forms as architectural structures which can be transformed and evolve through readers’ interpretations of the objects. The true communication with my physical work can be realized by touching, moving, and changing structures. These interactions lead to new realizations that viewers cannot achieve until they physically approach the objects.

I also view myself as a mediator between physical and digital realities: I experiment with the spatial qualities of these two distinct worlds, surveying the symbiotic relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces. My practice oscillates between intimacy and unfamiliarity by distorting readers’ perceptions of space. These visuo-spatial experiments create imaginative spaces where readers can enjoy bizarre sensations while suspended between physical and digital, 2D and 3D spaces.

I construct communicative reading environments by engaging with interactive technologies that connect physical and virtual worlds. My practice establishes a collaborative platform or stage where one or more readers are invited to “perform” work. In this stage, readers become creators of their own “reading rooms,” which consist of graphical traces created by media in response to the readers’ performances.

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