Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2015

Ji Hyun Kim
Digital Renavigation
Ji Hyun Kim
Digital Renavigation

We live in a world where the way we perceive the world is vastly affected by our experiences. From the moment we are born, we experience things and we are taught the appropriate way to live, the appropriate way to talk, the appropriate way to eat, how to be good and how not to be bad, who to respect and who to disrespect. But these constructs are extremely fluid things; morals and ethics shift from one generation to another, and as technologies continue to advance, so do the ways in which we perceive. Digital frontier is a space that is both virtual and physical (we interact with it still, using our bodies) and it can offer us a new, unique perspective in which we see and navigate the social structures that make up our perspectives. Society is a structure that is organized into spaces and hypothetical hierarchy. We navigate spaces and virtual structures that forms our culture but the way we think about our body and mind and space is being reformed even as we speak. Digital Renavigation uses this newly founded artificial space to create a series of experiences for the general public that questions and unhinges descriptors from their physical representations. Through it, the users experience a deconstruction of abusive, oppressive authority that are prevalent in minority narratives. Ultimately, these exercises aim to leave the users in a state of irrationality and confusion- a necessary step before they can reconstruct their new perspectives.

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