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USC - Digital Avatars, Myths and Fantasies
USC Media Arts + Practice
Artists: Zihang E, JayLoni Fisher, Andrea Kim, Josef Lopez, Johans Saldana Guadalupe, Nina Tomasevic, Sasha-Mylan Williams, Julianne Wong
Instructor & Curator: Carrie Chen
These works are the culmination of weeks of project-based research and intensive studio work. Students journeyed through the realm of myths and fantasies, using digital avatars as a storytelling device to explore identity, embodiment, representation, and culture in our technologically mediated world.
From the surrealist exploration of the subconscious self, the Korean myth of Bari-degi, the fusion of Sino-Meso deities of the sea, to the alien legends of Pasadena, our students' projects span a vast narrative spectrum. They infuse life into forgotten companions like Xiao Huang, redefine what it means to be a Black muse, reimagine mythical figures such as the youthful Chiron, and set out on introspective journeys through the metaphorical heart's complex ecosystems.