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1 3. I Am EMBARGO Spring 1993 Name, Author Sed commodo augue ac odio vulputate, sit amet viverra justo luctus. Sed vestibulum id est nec vehicula. Etiam sit amet odio dapibus,...
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3 5. I Am ON CAMPUS/NO DOWNLOAD Spring 1993 Day, Christopher H. Sed commodo augue ac odio vulputate, sit amet viverra justo luctus. Sed vestibulum id est nec vehicula. Etiam sit amet odio dapibus,...
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4 1. I Am OPEN ACCESS Spring 1993 Name, Author Sed commodo augue ac odio vulputate, sit amet viverra justo luctus. Sed vestibulum id est nec vehicula. Etiam sit amet odio dapibus,...
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5 2. I Am OPEN ACCESS/NO DOWNLOAD Spring 1993 Name, Author Sed commodo augue ac odio vulputate, sit amet viverra justo luctus. Sed vestibulum id est nec vehicula. Etiam sit amet odio dapibus,...
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6 The Mouthguard Era 2018 Spring Donatuti, Michael This thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.
7 Formalizing the Aggressive: Reconstructing our Approach to Personality and the Truth In the Assumption of Male-Ascribed Aggression 2018 Spring Hill, Jacob In the formation of our self-image, we have begun to resort to normative compositions of traits and emotions proposed by psychologists...
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In the formation of our self-image, we have begun to resort to normative compositions of traits and emotions proposed by psychologists and social-theorists over the past eighty years. These compositions are deemed "personalities," acting as our working basis for identity. Among those classified by psychologists Isabelle Myers and Katharine Briggs is the highly contested "Aggressive subset." Defined by aggression, "the Aggressive" personality is frequently in question, especially when regarding American men. Young boys inherit behaviors from their peers and their parents, as father's pass down their habits and outlooks to their sons. What causes the frequency of this persona across generations, as it seems to be a role inherited? During the course of this thesis, I utilize previous research on the topic of personality and aggression in combination with personal accounts of young boys in the Chicago Public School System. Can we truly define "the Aggressive" personality as a cross-generational personality, or is it rather a systemic defense mechanism - much like dissociation or transference - taught to men for the means of projection and masking? With consideration to the work done by researchers such as Melanie Klein, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Craig Anderson, and Albert Bandura, I aim to expand our definition of aggression beyond that of its violent stereotype, further investigating both the reasons and modalities behind its adoption. In conclusion, I propose one concept of a "healthy Aggressive" - considering the conditionality of my claim - oriented towards control over our circumstances rather than relying solely on violence. By identifying aggressions' diversity we allow young boys the opportunity to move beyond the image of the "stereotypical male," growing emotionally and mentally as they deconstruct these harmful, aggressive masks too frequently worn.
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8 Photographic Procreation: Presentness and Kinship in Family Photographs 2018 Summer Hutchens, Lindsay Allison With Photographic Reproduction I begin by engaging with a feedback loop of pleasure and obligation that exists in both the mechanical and...
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With Photographic Reproduction I begin by engaging with a feedback loop of pleasure and obligation that exists in both the mechanical and biological forms of reproduction portrayed by my own family photographs. Photography has long been used as a way to normalize the American family and to exhibit the structure of a relationship through the combination of genetic likeness and affective posing, but my family often remains unaware and uninterested in what our photographs communicate beyond sentimentality, overlooking what structures are being affirmed, and what social orders are authenticated. My family is made up of individuals living in a time that has experienced an exponential increase in the production of photographic images, yet the photos they make today, although larger in quantity and more readily shared, look strikingly similar to photos of our ancestors made over 100 years ago.
In family photos I've looked at with members of my family, instances of divorce and misrecognition reveal a relationship to the present inherent within photography. When together, family and photography can break up reliance on the past and duty to the future.
It's mostly the women in my family who have worked before me to build these family archives, and without siblings or the intent to have children of my own, I'm interested in how my archiving and theorization of family photos allows me to participate in this reproductive tradition which connects me to, yet sets me apart from, the other ways women in my family procreate. Through a comprehensive online database of family photographs, I enact this present-ness in photography that acknowledges forms of repetition that range from the comical to the dangerous, exposes cracks in a faCade of conformity, and disrupts hierarchies of ancestor and descendant.
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9 Language as "Arche": A Transcendent Role in a Universe Defined by Language 2018 Spring Kane, Emily Jewel Questions regarding the objectivity of reality have been a constant thread in a long line of ontological questioning stemming from the...
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Questions regarding the objectivity of reality have been a constant thread in a long line of ontological questioning stemming from the ancient western past. Common assumptions about the world around us have problematically led to the belief that the things we perceive are constant beings with objective explanations, leading to a believed governance of a universe of physical experience. This hierarchy of subjugation has led to a conceptualization of language as a systematic collection of perceived objects rather than an embedded system that acts as an important transcendent component to reality. Through language's historical development in this designated framework, its grander connection to ontology has gradually faded into a distant memory that no longer seems relevant.
We are trapped within the deception that living in an enlightened society means that we are more advanced in every facet of human understanding. By collapsing the dramatic time scale from the founding figures of the humanities in antiquity to the postmodern philosophers of the contemporary age, we can begin to connect ideas that are more applicable to human beings in general. The functionality of language as a framework of responsibility and unifying feature of intelligibility reveals that its initial concept cannot be limited to the narratives of understanding put in place by history. Theorizations of language as a reflective form secondary to physical experience have not only become insufficient for the articulations of reality as a constant becoming, but also for understanding the initial capacity for language and intelligibility.
It becomes clear that language lies at the heart of ontological conceptualizations of our universe, becoming the "arche" that ancient Greek philosophers attempted to identify. By moving beyond insufficient theories of language in the western tradition as pure human invention whose functionality is dependent on objective reference we can begin to recognize the ultimate transcendent role of language and its executive force in a metaphysical structure of ontology.
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10 Substituted in Practice: Saudade as Described by International Brazilians 2018 Spring Knize, Nathaniel Binkley Saudade is an emotion unique to the Portuguese language that describes a feeling similar to nostalgia, homesickness and yearning. However...
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Saudade is an emotion unique to the Portuguese language that describes a feeling similar to nostalgia, homesickness and yearning. However, it is notably different from those feelings and is claimed by most Portuguese speakers to be untranslatable to other languages. This paper is a collection of four different ethnographic vignettes that explore the emotion's significance for five Brazilian youth (pseudonyms used): Sophia, Davi, Sam, Lorena, and Salomao. Ethnographic work was exclusively conducted with Brazilians who identify as "international" in order to explore the relationship of place with feelings of saudade. Though the five research participants conceptualize saudade as being untranslatable, they usually substitute it in practice.
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11 What Will Words Do 2018 Spring Kutsukake, Lisa Young This basis of this project was to draw on poetry, visuals, memoir and theory in order to demonstrate the collapse-recovery-collapse...
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This basis of this project was to draw on poetry, visuals, memoir and theory in order to demonstrate the collapse-recovery-collapse-recovery cycle in my own traumatic experiences while I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am pointedly focusing on the deterioration of language's ability to successfully communicate pain and suffering - both emotional and physical- and the unique isolation within a traumatic moment. Grounded in a theoretical exploration around Freud's idea around the compulsion to repeat, this project views notions such as 'triggers', 'symbols', 'reoccurring events' through the lens of a 'return' rather than a 'repeat'. The scope of the poems and visuals utilizes both forms as they stand between what can be said and what can't be said; poetry stands between language and image and simultaneously images hold space for language, including its silences. Formally, slant, repetition and pattern, grounded the process of recall necessary to capturing metaphor's ability to speak the unspeakable. Additionally, these tools refer to how process allows 'processing' of experiences. This project is in service of deriving a usable understanding for traumatic experiences in order to meaningfully move forward, while also befriending how painful experience insists on being remembered and shared.
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12 Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Generational Understandings of the Stereotype 2018 Spring Lee, Joanne Jihyun The fabrication of the Asian American identity affects not only our self-perception, but also how we function in modern American society....
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The fabrication of the Asian American identity affects not only our self-perception, but also how we function in modern American society. Drawing from important figures in the creation of this identity, the way in which the United States funnels the Asian American image, and personal interviews, this thesis studies and unpacks the changes in the understandings, manifestations, and experiences of the model minority stereotype with a focus in how these symptoms impact my immediate community. To better comprehend the ramifications of the American success model, I have interviewed people close to me in my Asian American community to study how individuals across recent generations understand how Asian Americans have come to play our current role as the model minority in the United States following World War II. This thesis argues that the stereotype has remained the same since its formation while contemporary, real-world treatment and interpretation have drastically shifted over time.
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13 Hovering Above Dual Experiences: China's Post-90s International Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2018 Spring Lin, Zilu (Chloe) Billions of foreign students chase their academic dreams in the United States, and thus, America has become heavily populated with...
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Billions of foreign students chase their academic dreams in the United States, and thus, America has become heavily populated with students from countries such as China, India and South Korea. In this tide of studying abroad in the United States, the population of Chinese international students has been the highest since 2009. In 2007, just the population of Chinese undergraduate students surpassed the total number of graduate students for the third year in a row. This index not only shows the large community of Chinese international students and the new trend of younger international students, but it also supports the significance of exploring their mental and physical health when they face cultural and societal unaccustomedness in a foreign country.
Three case studies are used to examine how Chinese students, born in the 1990s, studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) live with generational, cultural and double-cultural gaps. These students and their artworks are studied to demonstrate how dual experiences affect Chinese international art students' conscience and understanding of identity, as well as what approaches they adopt in reaction.
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14 The Dialects of Dissent: Vrishchik (1969-73) 2018 Spring Mehta, Khushmi Indian artists in the 1960s, contending with the formation of a national and cultural identity, sought to redirect the discourse around...
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Indian artists in the 1960s, contending with the formation of a national and cultural identity, sought to redirect the discourse around visual art in the newly postcolonial society. Challenging a linear development of modernist movements, artists depicted the multiplicity and representational ambiguity of Indian visual culture.
Through this thesis, I discuss the case study of Vrishchik, an artists' periodical founded in 1969 in Baroda. This periodical was published primarily to start a dialogue among artists of the time, extending beyond the dissemination of visual artworks. Through poems, prints, drawings and articles, Vrishchik provided a platform to voice socio-political concerns. Further, the members of this periodical challenged the undemocratic practices of the La lit Kala Akademi (the National Academy of Art) through their organizing of the Artists' Protest in 1971. I suggest that in the act of protesting against the Lalit Kala Akademi's perception of a singular visual culture, the members of Vrishchik created an alternative dialogue around a need for the visibility of cultural pluralism, and of a distancing of Indian art from the movements inherited from the West.
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15 Stitching Community into Education: Integrating Fiber Arts into the Arts Education Curriculum to Strengthen the Classroom 2018 Spring Mulligan, Kelly This thesis argues that fiber arts should be included in arts education courses in public schools because they are utilized cross...
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This thesis argues that fiber arts should be included in arts education courses in public schools because they are utilized cross-culturally and historically as a community practice that provides a vehicle to learning empathy in the classroom. The fiber practices contain therapeutic benefits imbued in their repetitive motion, and enrich the classroom by providing a space for open dialogue. The hands-on nature of these practices also contributes to a more well-rounded learning experience for students with different learning styles, as storytelling can be used to supplement fiber art. The medium of fiber arts is a medium of resistance because it resists gender biases placed upon it, and thus it is an entry point for learning and teaching about stereotypes. I introduce and analyze various case studies that provide examples of spaces where fiber arts bring values of community and empathy while encouraging creativity and engagement. This thesis will also provide concrete methods of incorporating fiber arts into the classroom in an effort to enrich students' cultural and personal connections.
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16 In, Through, and After The Sims 2: Queer Feminine Labor and Leisure in Game-Internet Space, 2004-2008 2018 Spring Slater, Kailyn R. This paper works to examine the derivative user-implemented queer and feminine narratives that are exercised both through and post...
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This paper works to examine the derivative user-implemented queer and feminine narratives that are exercised both through and post-gameplay in the lifestyle computer video game series, The Sims. Storytelling dynamics discussed include digitally fabricated custom content, specific interface-altering mods and cheat codes. All of these applications encompass a direct move from private, isolated individual gameplay into a semi-public, psychosocial pseudo-MMORPG (massive multiplayer online roleplaying game). I examine the period of The Sims 2's release (2004-2008) and its explosion in popularity both as a disc-based game and as a burgeoning fan culture that directly predates and predicts now traditional social media connection. I will also work to unpack the emotional capabilities that these combined experiences enable, invite, and offer as a resource for queer questioning and feminine adolescent players to explore the game's censored notions of virtualized adult social relations, which then open up psychosocial avenues to discover. I also assert and examine the varying differences in game-related sociocultural labor versus leisure for both feminine and masculine players. With a dissemination of now-archived Sims-related material and contemporary game criticism (all of which connect to concurrent LGBTQIA+ history), I argue that The Sims and its surrounding ephemera have been a hidden gateway both online and offline for formative escapism in a young queer, femme generation pre-Facebook/-Instagram/-Twitter.
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17 "Postcolonial Languaging" and a Speculative Reimaging of Multiple Freedoms in Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests 2018 Spring Tse, Ellie After occupying the territory for one hundred and fifty-five years, Britain handed over Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. This landmark...
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After occupying the territory for one hundred and fifty-five years, Britain handed over Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997. This landmark gesture of de/re-colonization brought with it anxieties of contradiction and obfuscation as social, cultural and political freedoms in Hong Kong experience ongoing jeopardy under the shaky infrastructure of "One Country, Two Systems."
Through ethnographic and autoethnographic accounts, visual analysis, and practice-led and participatory methods, this thesis offers case studies in the 2014 pro-democracy protests to examine how language structures concepts of democratic and economic freedom as they negotiate with identity formation. Taking cue from Rey Chow's rediscovery of agency within "languaging" as a postcolonial experience, I argue that language does not merely reinscribe existing relations of dominance and degrees of civic and economic autonomy, but rather performs and even transforms potential toward transnational collective action. A site of difference and transaction, the politics and aesthetics of language necessarily constitute the ambiguity and ambivalence of multiple freedoms and activisms across democratic and economic dimensions. This thesis offers new manners of thinking freedom as a speculative event and reads the myriad confusions and exchanges it entails through a trialectics of nation, institution and public.
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18 Pillow Talks With Myself 2018 Spring Yi, Jacob This paper serves to analyze the importance of memories in ones life. Through a personal narrative format, this paper comes to serve as a...
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This paper serves to analyze the importance of memories in ones life. Through a personal narrative format, this paper comes to serve as a loose template of how memories can change ones perspective. Personal experiences outlast an imagined experience. The innocence of integrity brings a more humble conclusion. There is a reason why certain memories in ones life continuously replay while other memories just choose to fade away. Memories are attached with emotions, so it is important to understand what they mean in the formation of intimacy within ourselves and others. Each line is crafted particularly so the reader understands what this thesis is trying to convey without the voice of another.
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19 Sight-Passages 2018 Spring Zapien, Patrick This thesis aims to take on the problem of articulating what is generally and ambiguously known as "modernism." Originally, I undertook...
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This thesis aims to take on the problem of articulating what is generally and ambiguously known as "modernism." Originally, I undertook this essay with the idea in mind to produce something of a survey of modernist painting; I was to select a few paintings that I could study regularly in person. Each painting was to represent a moment in the history of modernism, and my hope was that by articulating these moments together, through the course of my essay, I might be able to sketch the movement that underlies them-the very modernism in which each painting is implicated-despite whatever conceptual or stylistic disjunctures there may appear to be between them. I wanted to understand the past not as it was but as it is-as it haunts the present and holds the future with its redemption. Desire and need led me to critical provocations: art has not gone-and perhaps cannot go-beyond modernism s horizon; historical 'progress' has not surpassed what was already possible in the nineteenth century.
I decided to begin my survey of modernism with what I took to be its origin: the problem ofrealism in a conflicted reality. For this I was drawn to an enigmatic portrait by Courbet, his Reverie (Portrait of Gabrielle Borreau), painted only a year after his extemporaneous defense of Realism at a congress on the modern spirit in art. I began by looking at the painting, attempting to untangle its form, trying to make sense of its peculiar strangeness. The task was more difficult than I could have imagined; the formal terms of the painting required greater explanation; my account demanded a more thorough discipline; the implications of the painting needed a broader contextual field to fully emerge. And so it was that my prospective survey became instead a single study, dedicated faithfully to the Reverie.
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20 Bearded Flamingos: On 'Passing', 'Migration' and 'Camouflage' 2018 Spring Vasa, Falak This thesis is only viewable on the SAIC campus.

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