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Ambiguous Origins: Mixed Race and Mixed Reality

Matheuszik, Adrienne (2019) Ambiguous Origins: Mixed Race and Mixed Reality. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Matheuszik, Adrienne

This thesis draws connections among new media art practices, science fiction, and mixed-race identity to compare the boundaries between physical and digital space and the experience of unrecognized layers of identity. Referencing the writing of N. Katherine Hayles and Amanda Starling Gould, I investigate the perceived border between physical and digital and how the liminality of the boundary can be compared to that of white-presenting mixed-race identity. This thesis uses science fiction tropes and imagery to communicate the contingency and liminality of identity. The writing of Frederic Jameson and Ytasha Womack is discussed, regarding the critical potential of science fiction to address the presumed correlation between mixed-race identities and the future. This thesis challenges the idea of mixed-race identities as inherently objective, a potential solution to racial oppression, or something from the future. This thesis instead focuses on mixed-race positioning as embedded and contingent within social and historical contexts.

Date: May 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 18:47
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2518

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