Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Promoting Seeing: A Contemporary Situationist
Roisin McNulty

Travel plays a large role in our everyday lives. Many of us commute back and forth to the same spaces, confining our visual stimuli to regular paths. While this habitualness gives us stability it can also lead to a narrow involvement in the city. This limitation can then forfeit new experiences and relationships with people and places, ultimately hindering us from seeing more. The Situationists believed a way to avoid this was to deliberately pursue and construct authentic experiences and adventures. One way is to dérive. To drop everything you’re doing, have no motive to travel, just drift, see, and be directed entirely by the feelings evoked in you by your surroundings.

Many of us might find this very romantic notion of being free within the city difficult to achieve. I have therefore designed a protocol to help enrich our experience in the city while implementing the theory of dérive. Simply choose a color and follow it around the city changing from color to color while following people and entering buildings to manipulate the outcomes of the experience. As a designer I then use mobile technology to create alternative mappings of cities both ambiguous yet legible. The maps and documentation made by a range of individuals are then collected and superimposed, allowing for a transformation that can be interpreted rather than simply read. This recognizes the vitality of Situationist drawing methods while simultaneously bringing it into our technological epoch, and thus making participants and myself contemporary Situationists.

Andy Agus

Ameer Akbar

Sherifa El Alfi

Orhan S Awatramani

Evan Badr

Mrinal Bhatia

Yaël Bienenstock

Olivia Brodtman

Adomas Bruzga

Holly Burt

Kiana Caesar

Elizabeth Capreol

Christian Caraballo

Alyson Cardenas

Gabriela Carnabuci

Marjorie Chamberlain

Vanna Chan

Sachi Chandiramani

Leslie Chavez

Katherine Cheng

Emily Cho

Soomin Choi

Hyeree Choi

Talia Cotton

Dorothy Cruz

Katie DeAngelis

Nicole Jane Debler

Dominique DeVito

Megan Dias

Theresa Duemler

Juan Francisco Morales Egas

Michelle Eguia

Audrey Farnsworth

Peter Fowler

Myesha Evon Gardner

Alijah Gilbert

John Hammond

Jin Ju Han

Aimee Hedman

Perla Herrera

Lauren Horsman

Zhiyan Huang

Ji Hea Jang

Urvita Jhaveri

Myles Jones

Cheryl Kao

Phoebe Kennedy

Alice Yeji Kim

Jung Yeon Kim

Thomas Sang Gul Kim

Chewon Kim

Sanggyun Kim

Hansung Kim

Likando Kumoyo

Jang Kyungjun

Josh LaCalamito

Yunjoo Lee

Kyung Sun Lee

SooJi Lee

Meijun Li

Alice Lim

Junya Lin

Yuchen Liu

Kimberly Lombardi

Natalia Malik

Roisin McNulty

Simen L. Meyer

Nikoletta Mitsopoulou

Chloë Murray

Cyrus Nathaniel

David Dahao Ni

Mariana Del Nogal

Sofia Olarra

Kamila Ortiz

Ji Hyun Park

Sara Pena

Melissa S. Peralta

Camille Petricola

Sander Phoenix

Urvi Raghbeer

Andrew Ramirez

Brianna Saba

Stephen Salomon

Julianna Amelia Santolucito

Raida Saveree Sarwar

Ritika Shah

Shui Shan

Jisoo Sim

Lauren Stein

Pei Yu Sun

Shivalika Tandon

Nia Thomas

Laura Tien

Karina Tristandy

Paula Volchok

Djiun Wang

Kyra Wang

Taylor Wasikonis

Junlu Xie

Marie Yamamoto

Jasmine Zhang