Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2018

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



This thesis is an exploratory effort to bridge the rift that political and monetary powers created between art and technology. In my practice, these socio-political motivations are exposed through the creation of non-utilitarian inventions that use different technologies as charged metaphors. I research mass media language and construct interactive pieces while borrowing strategies from the entertainment industry to make environmental, social, and political issues more palatable than documentary films or raw data could. In my work, technology is regarded as a semidivine entity with supernatural powers that can both elevate and reduce the human experience. My work functions differently according to its audience: it encourages technology experts to consider the moral ramifications of their creations, and artists to recognize technology as one of the leading influencing factors in contemporary society.


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Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Buzz Spector

Studio/Primary Advisor

Patricia Olynyk

Studio/Primary Advisor

Zlatko Ćosić

Committee Member

Rebecca Messbarger

Committee Member

Rebecca Messbarger

Artist's Statement

As a computer scientist turned artist, I find myself in a strange liminal space: a twilight zone, where the absurdities of both worlds are revealed. In my work, the fluid nature of technology - with its possibilities, obsolescence, and convenience - is exposed to include its sinister consequences that are often overlooked by the general public. My installations revolve around themes of ecology, integration, freedom of thought, and surveillance. My work is not a manifesto against innovation, but it denounces the use of technology as a system of oppression rather than empowerment.

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