Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

In a society consumed by online social platforms that give us tools to better define, display, and condense our identities, one can easily spend more energy creating an online persona than being present within the physical body. With so many pressures and distractions, it’s hard to prioritize the time to be completely alone and mindfully immersed in
the moment.

Energy Play is an immersive virtual reality experience that explores the correlation between light, color, isolation, interaction, and its effects on human energy. It aims to transcend the viewer out of their body consciousness and into a digital realm, creating an escapist fantasy from the monotony of everyday life and divisive visual stimuli. When an individual gets transported into the first person world of Energy Play, they enter a black void, and with one autonomous movement, become completely encapsulated by one of several particle effects that comprise the experience. The particle effects react and change completely with the users movement, and range from various compositions of geometric and illuminated shapes, to colored and glowing smoke that circulate in constant flux around, above, and below the viewer.

The effects of Energy Play are ultimately to be determined by the viewer, with the intention to create a safe space where one can be fully present outside of social pressures and stimuli and experiment singularly with encounters of color, light, and the feelings they incite. Energy play is best experienced through the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou