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Arava Sheleff (designer)
Stephanie Owens (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Yury Gitman (thesis advisor)




Creating a virtual space that merges fictional narratives with real events enables people to overcome emotional and intellectual complexities that bar rational evaluation of their cultural conformities and values. Looking for a Hero is an experimental, tactical media narrative that explores the personal divergences of beliefs, mission and faith of three superheroes: an American, an Israeli and a Palestinian. It deals with humanity and the concept of heroism in the shadow of a violent conflict, by telling a story that questions the use of violence to solve problems. Using Facebook as a novel medium to introduce its fictional characters, Looking for a Hero experiments in storytelling through fragmented narratives. Artifacts (action figure toys and personal belongings of the characters) distributed in public and gallery space transmediate the audience’s experience in the language of pop culture. Delivering its narrative while portraying authentic events and conflicts, Looking for a Hero provides an elevated virtual space in which moral and ethical questions can be asked.

Conceived as an activist project with a mission to encourage its audience to become “agents” of non-violence in their locality, Looking for a Hero became a personal quest, exploring the boundaries of political conflicts, activism and creative reality.



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