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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2009 ➔ Urban Meditations


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Melissa Marcus (designer)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Barbara Morris (thesis advisor)
Chris Romero (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Joan Raspo (thesis advisor)




My thesis serves as a meditation on the audio and visual rhythms created by objects, animals, and humans in urban life. My thesis question is centered on how to use the language and tools of cinema to artistically represent inner thoughts and visions associated with the theme of travel. How do multi-layered sounds and images inspire an audience to think about the significance of an individual’s journey in the urban environment? My thesis is presented in an experimental video in which the viewer experiences shifting representations of architectural space, through defamiliarized sounds and images. Through writing and live-action video documentation, my thesis project conveys a personal journey that is perceived through varying spatial and sound references. The audio and visual forms presented in the film reference emotions related to anxiety and serenity, but ultimately leave the viewer with a poetic representation of city life. Domains and precedents within experimental film, as well as artistic intuition inform the methodology and iterative process of my thesis. Specifically, the work and philosophies of American avant-garde filmmaker, Stan Brakhage influenced the aesthetics of my film, and the way I worked with the medium of digital video as a fine art. My thesis joins the conversation among filmmakers who use the medium as a fine art out of personal necessity to express themselves, and also to share the experience with an audience.




Melissa Marcus. Urban Meditations. 2009. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2009. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Sep 2019.

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