Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a second year MFADT student. I am taking this class to support my thesis research, in which I will explore the relationship between identity, storytelling, and environment. I am interested in how our relationship to the environment is changing due to climate change, urban migration, and the convergence of physical and digital worlds through augmented reality and smart objects. I think these transformations will change how we perceive and interact with our selves, each other, and our environment.
I am interested in how our tools define us, by determining how we travel, understand, and interact with our world. In this class I hope to create devices that explore the relationship of the identity to environment as mediated by tool. I want to question the ways in which we perceive our place in the world and suggest new modes of perception through the creation of new tools.
In that vein, I am sharing some images of characters whose identity is deeply connected to their tools. They are inspiration to me because they highlight the connection between identity, story, tool, and environment.