Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Sanjeev, Lata, Agastya, Varin: Personal Identity, Space and Interaction
Palakh Khetrapal

In the intricate dance between individuals and their environments, a profound interplay of identity unfolds. The thesis posits that spaces function as intentional canvases, allowing individuals to express their attitudes, values, and aspirations akin to succinct messages on bumper stickers. This exploration centers on two key elements: the curated contents within a space and the nuanced interactions individuals have with their surroundings.

The study unfolds through the perspective of four distinct individuals, Agastya, Varin, Sanjeev, and Lata, delving into a rich tapestry of stereotypes, social norms, and cultural generalizations. Rooted in Proxemics, the sociology of space, and place attachment, the project navigates the complexities of the human psyche as expressed through tangible elements such as objects, graphics, sound, motion, and color within their environments.

Through spatial installations, the thesis showcases four spaces, each representing an individual and highlighting the unique traits of their personas. This presentation offers viewers a demographic cross-section of personalities to experience. The installations provide a physical space to access the intangible realm of individuals' deeply rooted traits. This exercise examines how we interpret strangers through their space, influenced by sociological, psychological, and cultural factors.

The focal point of this visual study is meticulous documentation of these spaces over time, ranging from intimate corners like a grandmother’s cupboard to digital spaces like a father’s phone. Through these comparisons, the project aims to spotlight societal stereotypes linked to objects and behaviors, revealing cultural contexts deeply embedded in spaces.

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