Visual representations and design implementation of a fictional narrative settled in a dark near future Istanbul
Ölçer, Özlem (2017) Visual representations and design implementation of a fictional narrative settled in a dark near future Istanbul. [Thesis]
Strüktür is a book that exhibits visual representations and design implementations of dark fictional narrative, settled in a near-future Istanbul. This thesis deconstructs the concepts and themes that are referred in the book in two parts; the analysis of visual language and the explanations of theoretical connotations besides how they are implemented in the narrative. As the visuals differ in style and tools of production, visual analysis compiles the interpretation of the means, the background of inspirations, construction of design elements and the final output. Consisting of photographic documentation exposing present environments in the city, digital collages and illustrations depicting the translations of architectonic forms and spaces, and drawings investigating the impact of technological infusion to one’s self; the book is a summation of a process, that puts forward a non-linear storytelling, yet aims to create an overall essence of a dark but resistant atmosphere with the support of prose and poetry. The textual narrative is considered as side notes that voices out the train of thoughts the protagonist travels by, who is a female character drifting either in a limited territory of the city, a cybernetic space or a mental zone. In the theoretical discourse, the study aims to disassemble interconnected associations; varying from the downsides of living in a metropolis, the effects of architectural and urban problems, tech-driven existence, and investigates their psychological, sociological and philosophical backdrops. Rather than revealing factual reasons or putting forth solutions, the thesis performs an inventory of the book itself.
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