This week I built a physical representation of my thesis by taking a NYC subway map and placing all of my NYC-related Instagram photos in the location that they were taken. I built little towers in the places where I had the most photos and attached the photos to them. My dad’s old house in the Bronx, my mom’s house on the Upper West Side, Madison Square Garden and ITP are the four locations where the majority of my NYC photos have been taken. It was really great to get one of my ideas for my thesis out of my head and made into a model, so that I can get a better idea of what I want to accomplish but also get constructive feedback. I really enjoy the experience of sharing my “digital history” through a physical object and share that experience with other people without the use of a screen. That being said, I will start building my thesis for mobile & web and if it seems right to represent my final concept through a physical structure, I will follow that path.
The big question that I will have to keep in the back of my mind is if my thesis is built for Exploration or for the Experience. Ideally, my thesis will fall in between these entities but we’ll have to see how things unravel.