Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2016–17

Xinle Jill Huang
An Analytic Discourse of Memory

What do we see? What did we remember? We see moving objects, and our eyes chase objects that move. However, when we recall memories from the past, it always displays as still images in our mind. Why? Perhaps it is related to how we encode memory, and how we define action. Moving objects are illusion. Perhaps, they are sets of image sequence in our brain, which are similar to frame rate. This project investigates and portrays the process of constructing and retrieving memories in two dimensions. Experiences make people who they are. The external self is constructed from family and responsibilities of the position in the society. However, despite the external elements, what’s left are memories that build up our internal self – a true self. Words in journals are decisions that we make per second when we write. If memories are not trustworthy, then shall we trust words that are based on constrained decisions made in haste? If words are not trustworthy, should we trust photos, which come from selected perspective and time? If one’s memories are constructable, then what is left that are trustworthy?


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Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2016–17