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Melanie Crean (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Kate Sicchio (thesis advisor)
Edward Jefferson (thesis advisor)
Christina Lafontaine (designer)


May 11 2016


Ethereal Ecologies is an ongoing series of multimedia installations situated within our everyday environment that explores the concept of parallel worlds and the illusory liminal spaces bridging the boundary between accepted reality and the unknown. Through my own interpretive imaginings of the unseen and by representing a symbiosis between the urban landscape and other worlds, my goal is to inspire curiosity and discovery about what exists beyond our human range of senses. Our perceptions of what does and does not exist have been so narrowed by belief in ultimate scientific fact, that it renders much of the universe completely invisible to us. Because we are so focused both visually and mentally on the expected or familiar, we often overlook the unexpected things surrounding us. We are experiencing an important point in history where there is more malleability of scientific fact and a growing understanding of how much there is still to discover. Inspired by my research into theories of the Shadow Biosphere, Many-Interacting Worlds, and the psychology of Inattentional Blindness, I created an ongoing multidimensional thesis involving otherworldly installations embedded into cracks and crevices of the urban landscape. These installations are not easily found, but are meant to be stumbled upon, encouraging the viewer to explore the symbiotic relationship between our everyday surroundings and the unseen.




Christina Lafontaine. Ethereal Ecologies. May 11 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 17 Oct 2019.

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