Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Dancing In The Void
Zoey Poole

The dance floor is my sanctuary, a refuge from the everlasting demands of school, work, and internships that often engulf me. Each night of dancing feels like shedding a layer of my own skin, fostering a reflective space that facilitates a transformation of the inner self through movement. Here, amidst the pulsating beats, my anxieties disappear, granting me an escape from the burdens that dominate my daily existence. As Shannon Dawson, the New York-based DJ states, the dance floor encapsulates both an individual and communal experience. Each of us interprets the music in our own distinct way, forging an unspoken connection with the rhythm and atmosphere enveloping us. Dancing In The Void serves as an exploration of how the human body responds to music, illuminating the varied nature of this response from person to person.

To conduct this experiment effectively, I meticulously curated a controlled setting for the participants. Each individual was isolated in my room, dressed in black tight-fitting attire, and tasked with listening to "BBY" by Overmono in its entirety. Subsequently, I meticulously edited the footage to extract the segment spanning from 1:25 to 1:35 of the composition. Utilizing a 10 by 10 grid, each row representing one second of movement, this grid provided a nuanced insight into the evolution of each participant's dance. Does someone akin to you dance in a similar fashion, or does their interpretation starkly diverge? Such inquiry underscores the multifaceted beauty of dance.

Sera Aksoy

Faye Arranz

Shravani Bagawde

Han Bao

Iryna Baran

Zein Bdeir

Victoria Beyrard

Anna Blyumenkrants

Tatiana Boccone

Megan Brill

Andrea Chang

Longcan (Hugo) Chao

Jolene Chen

Yu Tung Chen

Yuntong Chen

Loki Chow

Hong Jet Chua

Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

Gayoung Do

Fang Dong

Julia Du

Manan Dua

Colin Elmer

Millie Faber

Siyao Fang

Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

Leslie Fonseca

Sarahi Garcia

Amanda Guo

Charlotte Hailstone

Jieun Han

Mary Hatcher

Elliana Hau

William Hsu

Olivia Hu

Grace Huang

Jung Hwangbo

Krishika Jain

Yoo-Jin Jang

Janice Ji

Wenjie Ji

Eneya Joshua

Yung Ching (Aurora) Juang

Maya Kalinowski

Jasmine Kan

Nabeeha Khalid

Palakh Khetrapal

Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

Claudia Kok

Vidhi Kontham

Themis Kung

Hoi Man Kwok

Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

Haylee Lee

Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

Chenxiao Li

Vivian Liu

Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

ChloƩ Nini

Smitee Oberoi

Talita Ozkok

Surya Pande

Shruti Pathak

Kelly Peng

Aayushi Pitta

Zoey Poole

Kiara Putrilia

Anjali Raju

Rand Rivera

Virajini Sanghai

Sofia Santana Arrezola

Noor Selim

Anna Sham

Lakeisha Esthetique Sharonina

Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

Arjun Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

Hajin Son

Yi Song

Alexander Soukakos

Aarya Srikumar

Hannah Suh

Yuka Tamura

Cynthia Huiwen Tan

Sidhya Tikku

Raquel Trevino

Sophie Tsang

Gianna Waldron

Haotian Wang

Yi Wang

Yichen Wang

Yingjie Wang

Victoria Winter

Sage Won

Sora Wong

Shiyao Wu

Tong Wu

Qian Xiang

Faith Xue

Tong Yu

Helen Zhang

Jinyi Zhang

Yixiao Zhao

Yufan Zhao

Haiyu Zhou

Yining Zhou

Feiya Zuo