THE BROKEN CASSETTE VOL I. – NOTES ON IDENTITY AND BELONGING


A DIGITAL ZINE INVESTIGATING SOCIETAL PREDILECTIONS THROUGH ARTISTIC INTERVENTION
2018 | personal | individual


The Broken Cassette was a project to investigate thoughts and emotions through artistic experimentation and writing. In the form of a digital zine, it was conceived entirely by me playing the role of photographer, model, editor, illustrator, writer, and graphic designer.

It was one of my first forays into graphic design as well as using my artistic voice as an analytical tool. Most of the content is inspired by my own struggles with identity during the time and by having the courage to ask the difficult questions. In A Dissection of Emotion into Two Tangible Halves, I ask: “In a world made up of a whole spectrum of colours, where do we find ourselves?” by using sculptures, flowers, and the sky as being objects that wouldn’t lose their value if their colour differed, while stating that the human skin seemedd to have a hierarchy attached to it.

In Decolouring Human Emotions, I propose an experiment that involves dissolving each photo into their most basic colour palettes, and hence, dissociating them from societal expectations and judgements. This goes on to show how colour is only unsettling when it is linked to specific contexts.

Magritte Over Coffee suggests why this unease might arise in individuals by quoting some inspiration from the Belgian artist of the same name. Finally, Finding Symmetry in the Asymmetrical presents an experiment to rid ourselves of that alienation. It is an attempt to highlight our differences, as well as our similarities, and realising that they are perhaps the most unchanging things about the human race.

Read the zine in its flippable form here:





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