Taro Thesis

September 15, 2008

During a discussion with Jay Van Buren in August, he mentioned looking into projects that were inspired by taro. We talked about the mythos of taro and about its role in folklore.

I recently found Natalie Funk’s MS thesis project in the Information Design Technology department at Georgia Tech. This project attempts to provide its user with an opportunity to interact with TS Eliot’s The Waste Land using a digital, taro inspired interface.

Thesis site

Three Card Interface

Three Card Interface

Make your own card feature

Make your own card feature

I like how this project uses a folk (taro) inspired interface to deconstruct a dense narrative. I will be attempting a similar feat using a quilt to deliver a folk ghost story or murder ballad. I plan on writing to Ms. Funk to ask about the results of this project.


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