My project is a study of this phenomenon. It is a tool that makes people aware of it, while adding their own personal experiences to make it live. It is a bunch of explorations that I have done, based on my personal Lebanese diasporic network but it is not about Lebanon. It is an international space, that everyone can relate to. It is like an airport, it is an area that does belong anywhere.
What impression should the project give (of you as a designer)?
Everything. I just have a bunch of stuff so far. I need to explain every single one of them for them to make sense to people.
i will go back to the global room and global party project and sketch out ideas on how to blow up their scale in terms of importance as well as presence.
Three essay ideas?
1- Why do I think I am post-geographic. I could write a personal autobiographical essay that explains my forced change of homes during my first few years, and the importance that traveling was given in my adolescence, and the idea of inevitable migration. (reasons behind my thesis)
What do you think the other person’s thesis is?
What do you think the other person’s thesis looks like?
What are your potential concerns?
Post-geographic Communities is a contemporary iterative representation of dispersed communities in the age of globalization. This project suggests new forms of maps of nations that are not location-specific but are based on looser connections and identities. I have been experiencing the phenomenon of living between time zones. The term “post-geography” has given me a framework in which I can make sense out of the thoughts and emotions I have been developing since I moved away from Lebanon.
I stumbled upon the term “post-geographic” in a review I read on the book Zero History by the fiction writer William Gibson. This contemporary concept gave me a framework in which I could make sense out of the thoughts and emotions I have been developing since I moved away from Lebanon to study in the United States. Teh term helped me answer questions like: Why do I feel like I am simultaneously in Doha and Baltimore when I am continuously exchanging data with a friend living in Qatar? Geography is no longer the frame of reference that defines relationships. The concept of post-geography remains visually abstract yet obvious in my mind. I currently live between several time zones, since almost all my Lebanese friends are scattered across the continents. Maintaining contact in the face of this dispersed geography has become a conscious effort supported by technology. The collapse of different geographic locations in my smartphone reflects the stateless status of the Lebanese diaspora.
Post-geographic Communities is a representation of diasporas in the age of globalization. My project is a contemporary iterative form of branding a nation that is not location-specific. My project suggests new forms of maps that are based on on looser connections and identities.
Expéditeur: May Haddad Tabet <email@example.com>
Date: November 2, 2013, 7:58:39 AM EDT
Destinataire: Abdallah Tabet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Objet: Rép : project
j’ai pu ouvrir le link, et j’ai pu suivre des idees et conceptions.
je trouve l’idee geniale, cette connexion avec les autres..
ceci m’a rappeler notre visite a NY, au UN building, qd Rita fakhoury nous a fait visiter les lieus et ns a invite a dejeuner. nous nous sommes trouves, Rita , Abdallah et Imad, toi et papa deviez rentrer a beyrouth, au milieu d’une cahorte de gens , de tous les pays, causant dans leur propre langue, une vraie cacophonie. je suis sentie au milieu de la terre entiere quoique ne comprenant rien. ce fut dans le resto des UN, comme ton bar.
nous sommes fiere de toi.
continue et survole les obstacles.
postive tout le temps
Le Oct 29, 2013 à 7:01 PM, Nour Tabet <email@example.com> a écrit :
I just started a project that I would like to share with you.
It is a camera that will travel across the USA to 6 lebanese people.
here’s the link to the work.love you all!!
nice collection of diverse info
the dynamic time factor is missing. history?
where were the first settlements
who wakes up first?
more quantitative. give character to your people.
who is the diaspora, so far they’re numbers to you.
break down the diaspora [languages, reason of moving] infographics//maps//geography
what’s the narrative that is adding up from project to project?
I met with Ellen yesterday, to catch up. I showed her what I have been working on, but mainly asked her for help in how to liberate myself of overwhelming to-do lists.
What I showed her/have so far
I am working on several projects in parallel and I still feel like I’m floating between all of them, not focusing on finalizing any. #frustration
Breaking down post-geography
We talked at a length about what was missing in my work in progress: personal graphic language. I have been letting the projects themselves as well as material dictate aesthetics through randomness. I decided to stop working on the projects for a bit, since I have a lot of content and ideas, and throw myself into fast formstorming. What is post-geography? How can I graphically communicate it?
I am in process of branding the next project to be shipped across the USA.
I realized that a big part of my motivation for this mini exercises is that they stand as a pretext of ‘getting in touch with someone I haven’t talked to in years’… hah!
One on one meeting w/ Michèle Champagne
We talked about the process of my data gathering and several layouts that could translate online discussions into print. A good inspiration she mentioned is Press Think. I think the way the comments are laid out is interesting in a very derivative like structure.
Another point I highlighted was that I did not want my project to be an art piece and that I was struggling to find ways to bring in everything to the design world. Her reply was funny. She said “adding typography to things does not label them as design”. She also brought up a good point that my thesis is auto-biographical in a way and that was artistic by nature, and that there was nothing wrong with that.
Why, what, to whom, what it looks like?
The Greenwich Project [or whatever it will be called] was inspired by the continuous communication with my friends across the world. Timezone difference underscored the importance of a conscious effort to stay in touch. I was left with just few hours during the day through which I could successfully send and receive data with those people. It soon developed into an interest in how being in different locations does not mean that we will loose contact with our loved ones. As a matter of fact, globalization altered the definition of geography and the importance of physical presence. It made geography no longer the frame of reference that we should understand relationships within. Relationships through technology collapse different locations onto one surface translated on a phone, laptop and all other digital platforms.
My project is a representation of the stateless status of a community that is dispersed across the globe. It is a contemporary form of branding of a nation that is not location specific. I will be taking the Lebanese diaspora, mainly my friends who are first generation immigrants of the world, as a group to experiment, discuss and play with to represent the post-geographic era we are witnessing. So far, I think that the end product will be a culmination and collection of several experiments conducted with different groups of people. It will cover visuals [photographs sent from around the world], icons [drawn and developed with my GD friends], literature [exchanged writings and online discussions] as well as theory [Benedict Anderson's imagined communities]. It will not be one, but severals into one.
I hope every person who uses Skype, FaceTime.. to stay in touch with his or her loved ones to relate to the Greenwich Project. I believe it is a contemporary project that targets every single person who relies frequently on technology to maintain his social relationships. Considering my ”test-group”, the project has the Lebanese diaspora as first target audience. The phenomenon of hanging out with people who share the same cultural background and tradition away from the land where he or she learned these values is very intriguing to me and comforting. This project aims at representing comfort to these people when they take part in it, or stand in front of it, in knowing that they’re not the only ones. It is for everyone who upon interaction with TGP realizes that their bodies live in a place but their minds and emotions somewhere else sometimes.
I have been giving a lot of thought to this fear in me that does not want to turn GP into an art piece or installation. I am a graphic designer and intend to make this project a graphic design one. I have been aesthetically inclined to use web interfaces in my print pieces, with the three RGB colors blue fuschia and fluorescent green.
The Greenwich project will look like a collapse between web and print, a marriage between both. It will play with the boundaries of what is personal [print and location specific] and what is shared [web and dispersed] to highlight the contrast.
My experiments will live on the website for everyone to see. In my exhibition I aim at transcending the audience who is physically there to a presence that is outside of the room, which might be called ‘the global room’.