(thesis advisor)Chris Romero
(thesis advisor)Maria Jerskey
“Don Giovanni: Another Unmasking” is an attempt to translate the beauty and magnificence of opera into a contemporary format more pertinent to our cultural changes and reflects the society we live in. This project re-thinks the method of delivering the experience of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” to younger audiences in a more technological time by translating the opera into a non-linear Flash interface. My focus lies in narrowing the aesthetic and cultural gaps between opera as a received tradition and the tastes of today’s audiences. The main challenge is, therefore, to develop solutions to this aesthetic challenge. At this stage of conceptualization and production of my project, I have decided to create a digital interface mainly based on the use of typography, stylized imagery and sound to create an abstract representation of “Don Giovanni.” Ultimately, it is hoped that the visual interaction of different compositional elements (type, images, sounds and content) will work together to convey a cinematic quality to the piece. Opera is a very intense, dramatic, performance oriented art form, and I hope to be able to condense it into a series of interactive text experiences, while retaining some of the compelling narrative forces. My thesis project is as much about discovering and exploring my own creative voice as it is about developing an interface that serves as a bridge between opera and those unfamiliar with that art form.
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