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Conspiracy: Misconceptions and Empathy

McGuire, Samuel J (2023) Conspiracy: Misconceptions and Empathy. Masters thesis, OCAD U.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: McGuire, Samuel J

My master’s research focuses on contemporary conspiracy culture and how artists interpret conspiratorial narratives. As outlined in the MET’s 2018 exhibition Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, there are “two interwoven camps.” The first are artists who use the imagery of the “disaffected” to highlight the danger of this manner of thinking, and expose “uncomfortable truths.” The second group are those who take a pseudo-journalistic approach to their art. These artists use public and leaked records to form larger narratives of high-power deception. Another sizable group of these journalistic artists are those who use their work to present proof of their conspiratorial narratives. Additionally, my research has led me to exploring how to engage in empathetic conversations with those convinced of conspiracy. The final result of my research was a workshop at which I discussed my research and led those in the room through guided discussions.

Date: 4 May 2023
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 23 May 2023 13:02
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 13:02
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4061

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