My capstone portfolio looks to answer this question: Is there any such thing as authenticity? We live in the Digital Age — we are always meticulously crafting, curating and reconstructing our selves. Can anyone just be?
I am interested in this question because I believe the authentic aka unedited and unfiltered self is attractive and aspirational. But does authenticity even exist anymore?
I will ground my project in performance theory and theory of the self/identity construction.
My project will ultimately live on an online website. It has a few components. First, in order to gather information about the cultural context, I will distribute surveys to my peers. Ideally, my survey questions will help unlock the ways in which we identify ourselves, see ourselves and present to the world. I will also ask questions to my peers specifically about their online identities in order to discover whether there is a difference with how people really identify themselves and how people present on Facebook/Instagram. In addition to the survey questions, which will be culminated into survey data/charts, I will also interview and feature a few full profiles on my website in order to give this data a human face. The next component of the project is a photo collage. I will ask all participants to take a picture of themselves in a ‘natural and comfortable’ setting, holding a piece of paper with words that express ways in which they define themselves. Next to that picture, I will have a picture of their social media profiles (facebook/instagram). This explicit contrast will hopefully draw attention to the differences between our real selves and our curated selves.
Next comes the reflective part. I will reflect on my experience interviewing people and my findings. This will be my opportunity to delve deep into my project, my inspirations and the outcomes. This will be the crux of my deep analysis. Let me know if you have any ideas/feedback/critique… I welcome all! Thanks!