My name is Zeina Boukhaled. I am a Lebanese/Canadian visual designer currently living in London, UK. After completing my bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Beirut, I worked for five years as a creative in Montreal, Canada before moving to the UK to continue my graduate studies at Kingston University. My work spans across print and digital communication including but not limited to identity design, publication and the creation of visual experiences. Through the ‘Visual Communication’ MA course at Kingston University, I have discovered my interest in experimental design, specifically during the discover stage at the beginning of each new project. I found my passion in the experimental aspect of design where nothing is a mistake. When not designing, I can usually be found at the ceramics workshop experimenting with clay.
Through this project, I explored performative design through a series of visual tests that respond to the idea of the glitch as an act of refusal. It is a process of discovery that creates a shift between a passive and an active audience that witnesses the characters entering the glitch and accepting themselves for who they are. The three videos in this series represent three ways of refusing certain hateful comments: refusal by adding, refusal by cutting and refusal by erasing. Each video starts with an omnipresent point of view where the narrator (voice-over) reveals the character’s story and ends with a first-person point of view where the audience sees the world through the eyes of the character and actively enters the glitch.
Glitch, Act of Refusal, Performative Design, Visual Test