Allison Ongaro BFA Communication Design Thesis Spring 2018

The Other-Self

For this project I have written and designed a short narrative that introduces this space which is is intended to be read prior to entering or upon entering the space. I fabricated a column and the letters Y, O and U to be installed within the space. I also mixed and prepared media that is projected onto the letters and column. The initial concept of my space was to create a dystopian critique of contemporary politics which involved me applying a different lens to a known topic.

I created this project in the hope that this will open up a new perspective on our own involvement within political issues and how we are presented them. I believe that since we are absorbing so much information every day that each post has a life span of a few moments with the viewer. We are choosing to like, share or ignore things that we see in our social media channels. This, I hope will inspire people to be aware of how they are interacting with social media which is one more involved ways people interact with political issues.

You may ask, how do all these pieces fit together? Well, they are all intentionally chosen to create an immersive experience. These are all visual tools that aid different aspects of the experience: the narrative, giving visual information, the objects giving a physical aspect for the audience to connect with and the projection mapping to change at atmospheric feel of the entirety of the room. This space is intended to allow for the freedom for the audience to come to their own conclusion on a call to action. The purpose is to offer a view of a known topic through a new lens to gain a new perspective.

My project at its core is inspired by themes within dystopian literature. I was first introduced to dystopian literature in an advanced English course at a previous college. In that course we read a novel a week over a 16-week period and dissected them through the view of different societal and cultural lenses. This opened a door for me, allowing me to really see the problematic actions and views in society through a new perspective. I have a strong connection to this genre of literature and have poured over its gloomy yet shockingly realistic themes in my personal time since. Last semester when I began creating this project, I knew I wanted to integrate aspects of this genre of literature. This integration of art forms: literature, creative writing, design and fabrication of materials speak to my interests as a creative. I am most excited in creating art that has an overlap of creative practices.

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Spring 2018