"Dog Cat Fish" is a six part anthology of one-act plays about (1) the contemporaneity of sociologist Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical approach in The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life, 1959↗ that describes identity, construction of 'self,' and human behavior as a series of performances that are shaped by time, place and audience; (2) the relationship of the 'online disinhibition effect’ to notions of 'default whiteness,' surveillance and power structures on the Internet; (3) the role of design in replicating offline oppressive systems into online contexts; (4) and my experience with growing up in virtual spaces.
While Goffman didn't live to see the prevalence of digital communication, much of his analyses of face-to-face interactions can be applied in virtual contexts through the lens of the online disinhibition effect, which describes the loosening of social restrictions when communicating on digital platforms. Each piece of the six-part series focuses on a digital social platform and portrays the implications of computer-aided affordances (e.g. default whiteness, surveillance, identity tourism, identity curation, catfishing, identity theft, cyber bullying, trolling) in order to build upon Goffman's original approach.
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role Research, visual design, computational programming, book binding