Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2017–18

Charlotte Miller
Simulated Avatars

Simulated Avatars is an exploration on the ways we choose to construct ourselves online. Due to social media’s dominant presence in everyday life, fueling the constant redesigning of our online existence, the illusion of a unified self can no longer be sustained.

In an effort to understand the complex nature of authenticity in the digital age, I traced the narrative of my personal emotional history through the avatars that collectively represent my digital self. My thesis examines what documentation of the self reveals about the perpetual cycle of loneliness and exposure that is characterized by self illuminating media. The resulting archive highlights our constant production of content, and the ephemeral nature of shared media through which we experience and express emotions.


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Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017–18