Ariel West (Los Angeles, CA) is a Freshman at Bard College. She plans to major in Film and Electronic Arts with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. Currently, she is interested in how the history and present use of media and technology influences and distorts the construction of self and society as a whole. These questions lead to experiments in two realms, the first utilizing the demonstrative capacity of film to explore these concepts, the second is analysis of both the film and theories to further elaborate upon them. These projects probe further questions that center around the relationship of the viewer to the art, and how this relationship can identify new constructions of self . This leads Ariel to concern herself with the new ways media can be reconstructed to immerse an audience, whether this immersion is spatial, physical, or emotional. How can VR, AR, and other forms of interactive media be utilized to change a viewer into a user, and a user into a creator? Currently, she is attempting to find ways that the human body of the viewer can be used as a tool by the artist to mesh the experience of creating and viewing. Can the personal mechanics of the viewer’s eye be utilized in media to create an individual experience that is unique to the viewer in the moment of the viewer’s perception of said media?

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