POST 10: Reflection and Proposition

I came into class this week prepared for feedback on my proposal. Personally, I believe that my current proposal was not strong enough for two main reasons:

  • Strength of the proposition: While my proposal has a solid base for interpretation, the concept in general is not where I would want it to be. At the moment there is only two main qualities of the proposal that is holding the structure together, which is the interpretation of the space and the message. In order for this proposal to be achievable, the space needs to be supportive of the message.
  • Reaching out to appropriate demographics: I would prefer to also commit to a third party resource so my targetted deomgraphic (18-24 year olds) has the best possible chance of realisation. Embedding that into the process of the proposal is another topic I would like to address.

While working with these potential discussion points in mind, I teamed up with a partner who was very opened to the fact that my proposition was planned to be installed for public use. While explaning this proposition to my partner, I had placed him in a mindset that he was a potential user of the project. This allowed the both of us to review what I had in mind and converse about feasible stepping stones to take my proposal to an level of intrigue, and not just a response. Not only this, but I discussed my proposal with my tutor also to discuss the progress of my idea.

As a potential user, my partner and I came up with focal points for my project:
  • The installation needs to be more detailed. Maybe the project can have more added depth if the installation was positioned on glass walls, so there’s more added meaning behind the walls.
  • The structure of the installation needs to have another level of meaning visually
  • Because the main focus of my research is media information infiltration, a form of social media to link with the project is essential.
  • There needs to be a better understanding on what type of refugees are targetted. While the research and explanation stretches across all borders, the focal points needs to be on a personal level, not a generic level.
As I explored these options, I decided to frame my research and tasks into maps that would be used in assessment 3A and 3B. For this analysis however, framing this research now rather than later was more beneficial. Further, the series of images that run below are a condensed version of my working progress to a more improved and articulate proposal.
Refined Design Proposition: “We’re All Strangers”
Experimental Installation and Social Media Campaign.

Each year there is a conflict between the arrival to Australia on an asylum seeker boat, and the government enforcement that is placed upon these people. Because of their seemingly illegal attempt to flee their home country in search for asylum, Australia is currently in a position where they need to manage accordingly to the numbers. Moreover, the lack of substantial and pure information through social media networks and media news has allowed the public to shift their perception to information that is consistently outsourced.
Because of this conflict and this perception, the group of resettled refugees in Australia face the trauma of starting a new life. While most believe that there’s a sense of unwelcomeness and invasion, we fail to recognise the repetitive anguish and ordeals that refugees are constantly challenged with. Some of these ordeals involve:
  • Racism and discrimination
  • Employment
  • Housing affordability
  • Disruption of education
  • Mental health issues
  • Financial difficulties
  • Language and communication barriers
  • Separation from family members

Currently, many young Australians take the time to use social media to express outrage and dissatifaction of these values and processes. Even though social media is such a powerful option to use to express opinion, this discomfort isnt improving. There is continual outrage on the policies in place and while refugees are gradually being resettled for the better, the filtration of information that the public view on social media is more negative and more enforced. How is this doing any good to Australia as a nation?

I am proposing an experimental installation to take place in noticeable locations in Central, as well as a positive social media campaign for the project. Festooning multiple locations around the Central area with ‘detention camp room sized’ installations, this allows the sense of imprisonment and restriction that resettled refugees have experienced in the past and/or are currently experiencing. I propose to create a voice on social media, expressing the support of this issue, enhanced by the hashtag #We’reAllStrangers.

The function of the hashtag is to standardise the reputation of refugees and the public, ultimately recognising acceptance. By combining the functions of the installation and social media, the data generated will be considered to be implemented in two different forms:

  • The opportunity for users of the installation to then use social media to express their support of the cause and,
  • The information to be collected and documented for further campaigning and support.

This will then start to form opportunities to take the project to a much larger scale.

By challenging the demographic to express their view in both an interactive way and a social way (physically and through media), it allows the public to create their own voice on the issue, and express this message on multiple levels. While this remains an active support mechanism, it prevents the tarnishing of the government and starts to improve the Australian reputation that we currently hold. Yet again, such an intervention holds the potential to gain attention by the media and superiors, in the hope of creating a new language and a new voice for Australia. Furthermore, this exposure will optimistically have a plausible outcome of promoting positive change and an improved public voice.

Peter Andreacchio (11768381)

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