Visualizing Beirut Through the Senses
eLearning / Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Graphic Design
Includes bibliographical references (p.44-45).
Perception is “the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.”(1) With the current advances and globalization, the world has become a smaller place where almost everything is accessible. Sources of information are at everyone’s reach, whether by the use of internet or the media. Therefore, perception could be gathered from what is seen on the TV, heard on the radio or read on the internet. Not to disregard all these mediums, but in order to get an even closer source of information, one must conclude from his/her own sensory experiences.
This thesis challenges the Western perception of a city in the Middle East, often linked with terrorism and wars. The research also challenges the data visualizations that base their logic on objectivity in representation by offering a subjective alternative closer to the personal experience. Beirut is mostly perceived as being mono-colored Arab city in the Middle East, same to any other city in the Arabian Gulf. This thesis will use the elements of perception, i.e., the sensory tools, in order to visualize the true identity of the city using abstract set of symbols to create subjective data representations of each sense. The challenge lies in showing the main aspect of Beirut, contrary to what is perceived, which is diversity.
CHAIR: Fox, Jason
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