People have always been segregated based on appearance, whether intentionally or subconsciously. This is where lines come into place. Lines can be used to represent groups, borders, segregations, exclusion, and so on. “Lines” is an exploratory project that aims to increase ones awareness and reveal that humans are whole beings that can surpass barriers that life places in front of them. In this paper I am exploring human connections and separations using the concept of dots and lines, both literally and metaphorically. I will explain how the basic design elements: dots and lines are developed and how developing these lines affect our society. I use fundamental visual elements such as dots and lines, to express an in-depth concept through a simple language. Through my exploration dots and lines are the basic foundation of our everyday life and environment – both literally and metaphorically. In today’s society, we are all a part of a great struggle created by lines of separation. These lines include racism, sexism, gender roles, homophobia, religion, and so on – which are all widely known as concepts that cause a great and unfortunate divide between us and our own neighbors. However, not every line drawn has a negative effect and some actually work to bring groups of people together, such as our cultures. I investigated through searching for my aesthetic and visual language how and why human beings are developing these lines around themselves and what are the consequences and results of these lines in our lives. My work includes a short video mixing footage from the news and a performer drawing lines, and a book design about my concept that is directed toward children.
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