MA Creative Thesis Defense for Kit Jenkin
Tuesday, May 16th, 2:00pm in Carleton Hall, Room 304
Title: A Procession of Eyes: Seven Stories and a Novella
A Procession of Eyes: Seven Stories and a Novella is series of interrelated stories that deal with the relationship between humans and virtual technologies. Today, virtual technologies are ubiquitous. Everyday reality now has a virtual component. These stories explore this dichotomous relationship between the two concepts of virtuality and reality, the emotional investments we give to our technologies, their effect on our sense of identity, and what it means to be an embodied human with a virtual alter-reality. Virtual technology, for the characters in these stories, is, at once, a safe place and oppressive force which must be escaped. These characters turn to the wonders of technology as a haven from the mental stresses of modern life, but turn away from technology in order to assert their own individuality.