The Approach – “A Political Abstraction”
“A Political Abstraction” is a designed publication that explores the filter bubble in a political context. The publication aims to unravel a complex issue by defining an internet-technological system through a combination of poetic text and abstract images.
    The written part of the publication uses a metaphorical style of writing to familiarise the reader by using real life scenarios to describe a parallel invisible system in the form of poetry. The design of the publication explores my wider design interest of the transference of digital design to print design. The choice of paper stock, typeset and colour themes contribute to the digital experience within the print format.
The Theory
We are a generation evolving alongside technology and because of this, the most loyal relationship we keep is between ourselves and our devices. Our constant interaction with these internet-technologies is severely affecting our behaviours and our ability to make decisions. We rely on the internet to provide us with the information we think we need, yet we are either completely oblivious– if not, have very little knowledge– of the manipulators behind our screens that influence our choices. This modification in our behaviours has an effect on the larger issues we experience today, our traditional understanding of democracy is changing and so is our political future.  
At a time where the most important political decisions– affecting my generation– were being made all over the world, Al Gore’s exploration in the potential manifestation of ‘the global mind’, was the initial spark in my obsession with how the contribution of internet-technology in shaping our future.
    I achieved an understanding of the theoretical context of this project through investigating literature written about the evolution of internet-technology, cyber-psychology and political democracy in the last decade. Key authors include; Eli Pariser an internet activist, Kent L. Norman a cognitive psychologist and Jaron Lanier a computer philosopher, with a variety of supporting sources written by politicians, activists, designers and cultural theorists.
The Practice
Being raised in this technological generation as a designer, with keen interests in the political issues of today, the interference of politics and technology has been a key combination in my design practice. My practical development has been an iterative process of reviewing secondary sources, applying my context to these methods and creating primary experimentation.
Artists that influenced my practice include; Hito Steyerl, James Bridle, David Benqué and Douglas Coupland. These artists have explored complex issues in politics and technology and realised them through a series of objects, film and print.
 “A Political Abstraction” aims to inform, expose and encourage through its design, a publication used for archival purposes– focusing on our political position today –for future designers, political activists, and theorists to use as a continued conversation in a world where internet-technology is evolving with politics constantly adapting itself besides it.

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