Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Oasis from Representation
Gabriel Berrios

Oasis from Representation is an experimental website which envelops the user in the distortion causing mechanisms of online representation. Whether it be a government ID, a Facebook profile picture, or even an image of your vacation on Instagram, representation today is equal to being read and analyzed by machines. How do the mediums we interact with online demand that we be the head of our own marketing department? How do the cycles of posting, re-blogging, sharing, and liking make us into content producers and aggregators? In this total ecosystem of online networks, do we have a choice of withdrawal or are the protocols of representation inseparable from daily life? The site—using the room and the labyrinth as a metaphor for total encapsulation—involves the viewer in the stages of user development. The site is experienced in three sections: (1) examines the languages and symbols of logging in, (2) examines how the user aspires for an aesthetic aggregate of themselves by managing blogs and personal photography, and (3) examines how our submission dissolves into pure data. Interspersed along this aggressive aesthetic barrage are Oases from Representation—quiet spaces of contemplation that offer a selection of texts and insights on our status as users. These texts not only situate and contextualize the user within the debate of networked representation; they are direct influences to the production of the site-space. The project explores excessive image and spatial manipulation as a way to question our progression into these hyperactive yet nuanced forms of self-representation. In other words, it is a projection into how far these networks will fragment the users representation.

Carolina Acosta

Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng