Happyness Network




May 2014


A video installation for my final thesis in the Graphic Design BFA program at RISD. Through a lot of dialogue with my peers around our creative values as makers, I chose to pursue an exploration of happiness rather than a more traditional graphic design project like a rebrand or a typeface. I felt a lack of focus in the department on the emotional impact of art and design, and wanted to investigate that space. Through experiments in form and medium, I landed on a series of videos of myself performing ephemeral acts of joy over long periods of time. The dystopian experience of being alone in a dark room, with a camera watching me exhaust myself performing these acts of happiness repeatedly, lent itself well to a critique of consumerism and propaganda.

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