Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

La Paletera
Germán Castellanos Reyes

Culture is a lived experience, a process societies use to channel shared meaning and action. For this project, I wanted to create a piece that sparked curiosity for the Dominican culture. As an expatriate, it became apparent to me how much more I could easily reference or at times identify myself with this world. As we walk through the cacophony of the city wearing headphones, we might shelter ourselves in the private serenity of a favorite playlist. I wanted to perform the reverse operation with this project, bringing the hubbub of urban life to a calm gallery setting.

While living in Santo Domingo, I wandered the city, taking pictures and recording conversations. I find it gratifying to engage in the raw reality of the streets since there is something fulfilling about experiencing and appreciating critically but most importantly, curiously; for you will most likely find rewarding aspects, but you will also find honest realities. I decided to create a piece using audio and visual documentation which would capture the essence of this culture. Dominicans are loud, so to comment on their natural noisiness as well as their auditory originality, I decided to incorporate ambient sound recordings. The various ambient textures I collected are triggered through a soundboard installed on a handmade console. I also designed and printed a series of pamphlets inspired by commercial and religious ephemera to accompany this display.

This project is an ethnographic study celebrating the customs, religion, politics, social etiquette, humour, work ethic and industriousness of working-class Dominicans. It is a hymn to the “tigueraje.”

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