A flow-based practice cultivates spontaneity, originality, and iteration. This thesis is an exploratory body of work, which uses hooping as a vehicle to guide visual and physical practice. The work builds on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of psychological flow-states as the optimal condition for creativity.
Mind maps of hooping, teaching, and graphic design.
Performance during a workshop with The Rodina
Prompt: Your work so far uses a physical hoop to design, or images of a hoop—can you explain hooping without using the hoop itself? —Kimmy Tsai
Prompt: What are all the things that annoy me about my hoop?
How is hoop flow disrupted or complemented when the hoop is wrapped in something other than tape?
Work created and captured during weekly flow sessions with an LED hoop in Brown 413, Brickbauer Gallery, and Falvey Hall.
What does blackletter typography look like on an LED hoop? Sans serif? Slab serif? . . . What about one letter, or one word, or one paragraph?
2 x 2 grid scenes reveal the image uploaded to the hoop, the maneuver of the hoop, a motion capture, and a still image—to show the mastery of this technique and teach the audience.
Full-size hoops displayed in an elevated manner, white-on-white, were intended to build a connection to my process and show the more serious side of my thesis.