My scholarly and creative work is concerned the design of faith. Here, faith is not synonymous with spirituality or religion, but rather the complete trust that humans place in someone or something. In this context, faith serves as a system of vision for how we all believe what we believe and how that influences our individual agency in complex situations. In environments with multiple perceptions of truth, design serves as a form of rhetoric (Grudin, 2010). This rhetoric permeates our lives and we are constantly bombarded with fragments of information that we assemble into our own personal ideologies. Vilem Flusser, noted media critic and philosopher, claims that design is always a lie and that designers are professional liars (1999). By adopting this assertion, I place myself in an ambiguous space that allows me to continually question the ethical concerns of using design as a rhetorical device to build faith and examine the ramifications of its use in the real world.
This video performance, the Reverie Network Relationship Revival, explores the faith people put in designed personas. By appropriating text from propaganda from the Donald Trump campaign, Kris Jenner, and a myriad of network marketing personalities, a new persona is created to help better understand how technology mediated relationships engage an audience. The monologue created by the persona was juxtaposed with imagery of consumption, providing a narrative to question the status quo.
The experimental interface, Empathy Altar, asks actors to join together to discuss controversial issues through embodied interaction. In order to stop the maddening video loops, participants must join hands with the interface—prompting a platform for discussion and response. In this particular iteration, President Donald Trump's controversial stance on immigration is illuminated, showing three different versions of the truth—Donald Trump, his supporters, and immigrants.
This interface, developed using Processing, scrapes and displays new tweets relating to the keyword #Empathy at the touch of a button.
These posters were designed in response to Donald Trump's election. By appropriating the visual and rhetorical structure of the National Enquirer, they were displayed around campus to provoke multiple responses. One poster was designed and distributed per day for 30 days.
This experimental interface questions the notion of power by using the social media platform, Twitter. Once again examining the President Donald Trump, this interface focuses on the rhetoric he uses to weaponize his words. This platform provides a roulette wheel of shared images of Trump and invites actors to push a button to presumably stop the cycle of imagery. When an actors chooses to push the button, the cycle doesn't stop and instead Tweets the image with randomly generated text related to resistance to Trumps political agenda.