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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2008 ➔ MASK


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Ji Hyun Ha (designer)
Stephanie Owens (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
Chris Romero (thesis advisor)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Rachel Johnson (thesis advisor)




Mask is a short film, utilizing stop-motion puppet animation. The story of Mask is concerned with society's treatment of those who are different and powerless, exposmg humanity's conflicts and struggles against the complexity of human interaction with social norms and constructs. By focusing on the complex operation of social inclusion and exclusion, Mask deals with the issues of morality, power, judgment, and arrogance in social interaction, and the collective violence, abuse, oppression and tension resulted from the difference and inequality in a certain social circumstance. Thus, the project tries to investigate the absurdity of human condition in our social interaction and relationship with others. The escalation of collective violence and oppression caused by conflicts between social conformity and deviance is the vehicle for the story development of Mask. The situation depicted in its story is intended to create an allegory of society of our own and to give a number of different overtones and implications to viewers.




Ji Hyun Ha. MASK. 2008. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2008. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 Sep 2019.

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