Rose Bender
Building community through meaningful digital experiences


Throughout 2019 I will be working on my graduate thesis for a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Sounds pretty intense right? Below I'll chronicle the ideation, iteration, failures, and triumphs. Join me, won't you?

Little Meeting, Big Thoughts

Below, please find some spastic thoughts from my 1-1 with Dana.

  • Children's Macabre Media
    • Juxtaposing children's horror within each exhibition
    • Identifying language trends in children's media and exhibitions
    • Use these things as a design constraint for the physical interaction with a conspiracy theory
    • How does this type of media influence a children's way of learning, entertaininment/ method of playing
  • Interacting with Conspiracy Theories
    • Using the museum/ exhibition format to encourage interaction with the conspiracy
    • Extracting the spatial and dimensional facets of conspiracies, removing the distance from the medium
    • What is the intent of each exhibit? exploring the experience of conspiracy, encouraging curiosity, lighting a fire in children to question what they are told and how they are told to think / problem solve
    • Having a bold statement: positioning it as entertainment, an artifact for those who had this interest in children's media, using an arts-based approach, present as a sample study (incorporate it into the research paper)
    • Distrust of the actual medium: because you are seeing something that is so distant from your regular POV, presents a mysterious / disjointed view
    • A non-human POV creates an uncanny moment in time, displaces the space/time of it.
    • What is the impact of a shared viewing vs. seeing something alone? Can we recreate this sensation in the museum exhibit
  • Some thoughts to ruminate on:
    • Children's macabre media encourages scientific exploration
    • How our  point of observation (scientifically) leaves a trace
    • Children's media is the artifact that leaves a trace and primes certain people to indulge in conspiracy theories actually or as an entertainment method.
    • Within the paper I can address more questions that arise

Follow-up research

  • Arts-based research
  • Patricia Levy, Method Meets Art
  • Spooky Action at a Distance (traces left behind)
  • Katie Mitchell, Virginia Wolfe's the Waves
  • Multimedia dioramas, theatre dioramas, staging, live dioramas, space dioramas that already exist?
  • Exhibition lighting, theater lighting, 
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