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Joseph Daoud (designer)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Marina Zurkow (thesis advisor)




An Aesthesia is an animated short that explores how the exaggeration of war in contemporary media accentuates its viewers' indifference. Through mixed media, the animation loops around three simultaneous fronts in one media space: a network producer in a multi-media room, a field reporter at a car-crash site, and a young man in a kitchen.

The iterative narrative questions the ideological power of media bombardment, raises awareness on the accuracy of today's media messages, and critiques the fundamental roots of collective numbness towards war.

Constructed entirely from corrugated board and printed material, the characters and their environments balance along the line of a fabricated world and that of a realistic one. Using the tactility of the medium as a tool to disarm viewers, it is my intention to highlight those whose exposure to war is entangled between a firsthand experience and a distorted media experience.




Joseph Daoud. An Aesthesia. 2008. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2008. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

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